Children of gay or lesbian parents.

M. A. Gold, E. C. Perrin, Donna C. Futterman, S. B. Friedman

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Abstract

There are no data to suggest that children who have gay or lesbian parents are different in any aspects of psychological, social, and sexual development from children in heterosexual families. There has been fear that children raised in gay or lesbian households will grow up to be homosexual, develop improper sex-role behavior or sexual conflicts, and may be sexually abused. There has been concern that children raised by gay or lesbian parents will be stigmatized and have conflicts with their peer group, thus threatening their psychological health, self-esteem, and social relationships. These fears and concerns have not been substantiated by research. Pediatricians can facilitate the health care and development of these children by being aware of these and their own attitudes, by educating themselves about special concerns of gay or lesbian parents, and by being a resource and an advocate for children who have homosexual parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-358
Number of pages5
JournalPediatrics in Review
Volume15
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1994

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Sexual Minorities
Psychology
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Sexual Development
Heterosexuality
Child Development
Self Concept
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Gold, M. A., Perrin, E. C., Futterman, D. C., & Friedman, S. B. (1994). Children of gay or lesbian parents. Pediatrics in Review, 15(9), 354-358.

Children of gay or lesbian parents. / Gold, M. A.; Perrin, E. C.; Futterman, Donna C.; Friedman, S. B.

In: Pediatrics in Review, Vol. 15, No. 9, 09.1994, p. 354-358.

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Gold, MA, Perrin, EC, Futterman, DC & Friedman, SB 1994, 'Children of gay or lesbian parents.', Pediatrics in Review, vol. 15, no. 9, pp. 354-358.
Gold MA, Perrin EC, Futterman DC, Friedman SB. Children of gay or lesbian parents. Pediatrics in Review. 1994 Sep;15(9):354-358.
Gold, M. A. ; Perrin, E. C. ; Futterman, Donna C. ; Friedman, S. B. / Children of gay or lesbian parents. In: Pediatrics in Review. 1994 ; Vol. 15, No. 9. pp. 354-358.
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