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J Fam Psychol. 2002 Jun;16(2):144-56.

Lesbian and bisexual mothers and nonmothers: demographics and the coming-out process.

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Department of Psychology, University of Vermont, John Dewey Hall, Burlington, Vermont 05405-0314, USA.


In a large, national sample of 2,431 lesbians and bisexual women, those who had children before coming out, those who had children after coming out, and those who did not have children were compared on demographic factors and milestones in the coming-out process. Differences were found in race/ethnicity, age, prior marriage, income, religion, use of mental health counseling, and reported hate crimes. Results are also presented for lesbians and bisexual women of each ethnic/racial and age group. Controlling for age and income, lesbians and bisexual women who had children before coming out had reached developmental milestones in the coming-out process about 7-12 years later than women who had children after coming out and about 6-8 years later than nonmothers.

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