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Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation$
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Charlotte J. Patterson and Anthony R. D'Augelli

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765218

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.001.0001

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Sexual Orientation and Family Lives

Sexual Orientation and Family Lives

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(p.223) 16 Sexual Orientation and Family Lives
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Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation
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Charlotte J. Patterson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.003.0016

Like others around them, lesbian, gay, and bisexual people are born into families, sustain lifelong relationships with members of their birth families, and create new families of their own. This chapter reviews psychological research and theory about families of origin. Based on a life course perspective, research on adolescents and young adults is reviewed first, followed by that on middle adulthood, and then by research on relationships with families of origin in later adulthood. An overview of research and theory on families of creation is presented next, focusing on the formation and maintenance of same-sex couple relationships as well as on issues related to parenthood. A third section presents a summary of research on children and other relatives of nonheterosexual individuals. The final section provides conclusions and suggestions for further research.

Keywords:   families of origin, adolescents, young adults, middle adulthood, family research, same-sex couples, parenthood, psychological research

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