The national lesbian family study: 1. interviews with prospective mothers

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1996 Apr;66(2):272-81. doi: 10.1037/h0080178.


This first report from a longitudinal study of 84 lesbian families, 70 of which include a co-mother as well as a birthmother whose child was conceived by donor insemination, presents interview data on parental relationships, social supports, pregnancy motives and preferences, stigmatization concerns, and coping strategies. Methodological limitations of studying this special population are noted, and plans for follow-up interviews over the course of 25 years are outlined.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Family / psychology*
  • Female
  • Homosexuality, Female*
  • Humans
  • Insemination, Artificial
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Middle Aged
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Social Support