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Arch Sex Behav. 2019 Mar 19. doi: 10.1007/s10508-019-1434-5. [Epub ahead of print]

Sexual Attraction, Sexual Identity, and Same-Sex Sexual Experiences of Adult Offspring in the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study.

Author information

1
Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, 337 Charles E. Young Dr. E, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, USA. ngartrell@nllfs.org.
2
Research Institute of Child Development and Education, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. ngartrell@nllfs.org.
3
Research Institute of Child Development and Education, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
4
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Abstract

The U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study has followed offspring with sexual minority parents from conception into adulthood. It was initiated in 1986, and it has a 92% retention rate to date. In the current investigation, the 25-year-old offspring answered questions about sexual attraction, sexual identity, and sexual experiences; their responses were compared with those of same-age adults from a population-based survey. The analytic samples consisted of 76 offspring of lesbian parents and 76 demographically matched participants from the National Survey of Family Growth. All 152 respondents were 25 years old, 48.7% were female, 90.8% identified as White, 9.2% were people of color, and all had attended at least some college. Although most respondents in each sample identified as "heterosexual or straight," compared to their matched counterparts in the population-based survey, the female and male offspring of lesbian parents were significantly more to likely to report same-sex attraction, sexual minority identity, and same-sex experience. These findings suggest that adult offspring from planned lesbian families may be more likely than their peers to demonstrate diversity in sexual attraction, identity, and expression.

KEYWORDS:

Adult offspring; Same-sex sexual experiences; Sexual attraction; Sexual minorities; Sexual orientation identity; U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study

PMID:
30888553
DOI:
10.1007/s10508-019-1434-5

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