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Family in transition: parents, children and grandparents in lesbian families give meaning to 'doing family'

Perlesz, Amaryll, Brown, Rhonda, Lindsay, Jo, McNair, Ruth, de Vaus, David and Pitts, Marian 2006, Family in transition: parents, children and grandparents in lesbian families give meaning to 'doing family', Journal of family therapy, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 175-199, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6427.2006.00345.x.

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Title Family in transition: parents, children and grandparents in lesbian families give meaning to 'doing family'
Author(s) Perlesz, Amaryll
Brown, RhondaORCID iD for Brown, Rhonda orcid.org/0000-0002-5240-9831
Lindsay, Jo
McNair, Ruth
de Vaus, David
Pitts, Marian
Journal name Journal of family therapy
Volume number 28
Issue number 2
Start page 175
End page 199
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0163-4445
1467-6427
Summary Lesbian parents, their children and grandparents ‘do family’ in rich and diverse ways. This article draws on innovative grounded theory research using qualitative, multi-generational family interviews with twenty lesbian- parented families living in Victoria, Australia. The intersection between the public and the private in lesbian family life has been seriously neglected by family researchers, and in particular the perspectives of family members other than the lesbian parents themselves. This article addresses the question of ‘How members of lesbian-parented families define and describe their family’, and the results reported here focus on children’s and grandparents’ views, because they are the voices less well represented in the literature. Children and grandparents straddle both mainstream and marginalized spaces as they negotiate contemporary family life. We examine the interface and tensions between the traditional and the transformative, and the implications of these findings for family therapists are briefly discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-6427.2006.00345.x
Field of Research 160301 Family and Household Studies
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice & The Author
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30023071

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