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Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men$
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David M. Brodzinsky and Adam Pertman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195322606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322606.001.0001

Adolescents with Same-Sex Parents

Findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health

Chapter:
(p.85) 5 Adolescents with Same-Sex Parents
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Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men
Author(s):

Charlotte J Patterson

Jennifer L. Wainright

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322606.003.0031

This chapter describes research on adjustment and development among adolescents living with same-sex couples. Data were drawn from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), which provided a nearly representative sample of adolescents and their parents in the United States during the 1990s. By selecting those youngsters in Add Health who were living with same-sex parents, and comparing them both to a matched group of youngsters living with other-sex parents and to the overall sample, the chapter aims to address questions about adjustment among teens living with same-sex parents. Whether they lived with same-sex or opposite-sex couples, adolescents whose parents reported having close relationships with them were likely to report higher self-esteem, fewer depressive symptoms, less use of alcohol and tobacco, and less delinquent behavior. They were also likely to have more friends in school, to have more supportive friends, and to achieve greater centrality within their friendship networks than other adolescents.

Keywords:   lesbian and gay adoption, lesbian and gay parents, teenagers, same-sex parents, adjustment, child development

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