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Sex Roles

, Volume 62, Issue 1–2, pp 114–126

First Online: 15 October 2009DOI: 10.1007-s11199-009-9704-7

Cite this article as: Bos, H. & Sandfort, T.G.M. Sex Roles 2010 62: 114. doi:10.1007-s11199-009-9704-7


This study compared gender identity, anticipated future heterosexual romantic involvement, and psychosocial adjustment of children in lesbian and heterosexual families; it was furthermore assessed whether associations between these aspects differed between family types. Data were obtained in the Netherlands from children in 63 lesbian families and 68 heterosexual families. All children were between 8 and 12 years old. Children in lesbian families felt less parental pressure to conform to gender stereotypes, were less likely to experience their own gender as superior and were more likely to be uncertain about future heterosexual romantic involvement. No differences were found on psychosocial adjustment. Gender typicality, gender contentedness and anticipated future heterosexual romantic involvement were significant predictors of psychosocial adjustment in both family types.

KeywordsGender identity Sexual questioning Psychosocial adjustment Lesbian families  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: Henny Bos - Theo G. M. Sandfort


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