Psychosocial adjustment, school outcomes, and romantic relationships of adolescents with same-sex parents

Jennifer L. Wainright, Stephen T. Russell, Charlotte J. Patterson

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Abstract

This study examined associations among family type (same-sex vs. opposite-sex parents); family and relationship variables; and the psychosocial adjustment, school outcomes, and romantic attractions and behaviors of adolescents. Participants included 44 12- to 18-year-old adolescents parented by same-sex couples and 44 same-aged adolescents parented by opposite-sex couples, matched on demographic characteristics and drawn from a national sample. Normative analyses indicated that, on measures of psychosocial adjustment and school outcomes, adolescents were functioning well, and their adjustment was not generally associated with family type. Assessments of romantic relationships and sexual behavior were not associated with family type. Regardless of family type, adolescents whose parents described closer relationships with them reported better school adjustment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1886-1898
Number of pages13
JournalChild development
Volume75
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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