Gay Parents Case Study

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Studies estimate that between one and nine million children in the US have at least one parent who is gay or a lesbian. It is almost impossible to retrieve an accurate count of homosexual parent families because many homosexuals do not openly speak up about their sexual orientation because of their fear of discrimination. There has been a steady rise in same-sex parenting partly due to the increase in availability for same-sex marriage. In many cases the children or child of the homosexual couples are biological children of one of the parents, and a growing count include the result of surrogacy, donor insemination, adoption and foster care. Some same-sex couples may decide to have children within their relationship, and others may decide …show more content…
Arguments have been made that same-sex parents directly affect their children’s behavior, and after conducting this research paper I was able to sum up some interesting points as to why this is not the case.
In terms of gender role and identity the fear was that the children of same-sex parents would be put at a disadvantage due to gender confusion, and could agitate society by performing outside of social roles and norms. Many Studies were conducted on the effect that homosexuals had on their children’s gender role and identity. In order for researchers to study the effects same-sex parents had on their children they had to compare them to that of heterosexual parents. Research comparing gay and lesbian parents with heterosexual parents has shown that parent’s sexual orientation is not related to negative psychological adjustment or negative developmental outcomes in children. Researchers have used methods such as the Block’s Toy Preference Test; which consists of pictures and sex-typed masculine, feminine, or neutral toys. The study observed which traditionally gendered toy was played with by the young children. Studies of
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Adolescents who perceived more stigmas had lower self-esteem, in comparison to those who perceived fewer stigmas. In addition, coping skills moderated the effect of stigma on self-esteem in three self-esteem areas. However, only one subtype of coping skills, that of decision-making coping, was found to moderate the relationship of perceived stigma and self-esteem in such a way that adolescents using more decision-making coping had higher self-esteem in the face of high perceived stigma.’ For the face of high perceived stigma, the adolescents with more effective coping skills had lower self-esteem. In the face of high perceived stigma, adolescents who disclosed more about their mother’s sexual orientation had higher self-esteem in the subscale of close friendship than those who disclosed less’

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