Heterosexual, Lesbian, and Gay Preadoptive Parents’ Preferences About Child Gender

Heterosexual, Lesbian, and Gay Preadoptive Parents’ Preferences About Child Gender Little research has explored the child gender preferences of preadoptive parents. This study utilized a mixed-methods approach to explore child gender preferences (and individuals’ reasons for such preferences) in a geographically diverse, US sample of 93 heterosexual, 61 lesbian, and 48 gay male preadoptive couples. Heterosexual men were the least likely to demonstrate a gender preference and gay men were the most likely. Individuals in heterosexual relationships were more likely to prefer girls than individuals in same-gender relationships. In explaining their preferences, sexual minorities often emphasized gender socialization considerations (e.g., their perceived inability to socialize a child of the opposite gender) and concerns about heterosexism (e.g., some gay men preferred girls because they felt a boy would encounter more harassment). http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

Heterosexual, Lesbian, and Gay Preadoptive Parents’ Preferences About Child Gender

Sex Roles , Volume 61 (2) – Mar 4, 2009

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Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
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