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Psychol Rep. 2002 Feb;90(1):71-82.

Children of homosexual parents report childhood difficulties.

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  • 1Family Research Institute, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO 80962-2640, USA.

Abstract

Referenced as both supporting and weakening the case for parenting by homosexuals, 57 life-story narratives of children with homosexual parents published by Rafkin in 1990 and Saffron in 1996 were subjected to content analysis. Children mentioned one or more problems or concerns in 48 (92%) of 52 families. Of the 213 scored problems, 201 (94%) were attributed to the homosexual parent(s). Older daughters in at least 8 (27%) of 30 families and older sons in at least 2 (20%) of 10 families described themselves as homosexual or bisexual. These findings are inconsistent with propositions that children of homosexuals do not differ appreciably from those who live with married parents or that children of homosexuals are not more apt to engage in homosexuality.

PMID:
11899016
DOI:
10.2466/pr0.2002.90.1.71
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