Lesbian mothers and their children: a comparative survey

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1981 Jul;51(3):545-551. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1981.tb01403.x.


Forty children ages five to 12, divided equally into groups according to their mothers' sexual object choice and within group by sex, were assessed by a research team. Gender development of the children was not identifiably different in the two groups. Prevalence of disturbance among the children was not found to be a function of the mother's sexual object choice. Case material is used to illustrate the variety and complexity of the issues involved.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding
  • Child
  • Child Development
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Homosexuality*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Play and Playthings
  • Psychological Tests
  • Social Behavior