From Here to Maternity: A Review of the Research on Lesbian and Gay Families


ABSTRACT This paper provides an overview of the international psychological and social science research on lesbian and gay parenting and family forms. It asks how this research should be used to inform social and legal policy on same-sex partnership and family recognition, with particular reference to Australian law.

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    ABSTRACT: Background: Few studies have examined the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)-parented families in relation to their access to and satisfaction with healthcare services for their children. It is thought that LGBT individuals have experienced negative interactions with the healthcare environment. Aims: To systematically review the literature investigating the experience of LGBT parents seeking health care for their children. Methods: A search of the following databases: Cochrane Library, CINAHL, Embase, Google Scholar, Medline, PsychInfo, Science Direct, Sociological Abstracts, Proquest, Scopus, and Web of Science was conducted. Using the PRISMA flow chart and processes of the United Kingdom Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, we selected and analysed relevant studies. Findings: Four studies that met the inclusion criteria were identified. Studies showed that while the experience of LGBT parents seeking health care was largely positive, strategies need to be implemented to improve the quality of healthcare services for LGBT families and ensure that their needs are met. Discussion: Although many LGBT parents have positive experiences of health care, some still experience discrimination and prejudice. Implications for practice: Specific educational interventions are needed to support LGBT parents seeking health care for their children. Conclusions: Further research is required to explore LGBT-parented families' experiences of healthcare services, and this should include children's experiences.
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    The Good Mother: Contemporary Motherhoods in Australia, (pp. 195-213). Sydney: Sydney University Press., Edited by Susan Goodwin & Kate Huppatz, 01/2010: chapter Mother impossible: the experiences of lesbian parents.: pages 195-213; Sydney University Press.
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    ABSTRACT: The author reviewed the research on gay and lesbian parents and their children. The current body of research has been clear and consistent in establishing that children of gay and lesbian parents are as psychologically healthy as their peers from heterosexual homes. However, this comparison approach to research design appears to have limited the scope of research on gay and lesbian families, leaving much of the experience of these families yet to be investigated.
    The Family Journal 01/2005; 13(1):43-51. DOI:10.1177/1066480704270150