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Diversity, tradition and family : Australian same-sex attracted parents and their families

Power, Jennifer, Perlesz, Amaryll, Brown, Rhonda, Schofield, Margot, Pitts, Marian, McNair, Ruth and Bickerdike, Andrew 2010, Diversity, tradition and family : Australian same-sex attracted parents and their families, Gay and lesbian issues and psychology review, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 66-81.

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Title Diversity, tradition and family : Australian same-sex attracted parents and their families
Author(s) Power, Jennifer
Perlesz, Amaryll
Brown, RhondaORCID iD for Brown, Rhonda orcid.org/0000-0002-5240-9831
Schofield, Margot
Pitts, Marian
McNair, Ruth
Bickerdike, Andrew
Journal name Gay and lesbian issues and psychology review
Volume number 6
Issue number 2
Start page 66
End page 81
Total pages 16
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1833-4512
Keyword(s) family
parenting
children
samesex attracted parents
Australia
Summary This paper describes the diversity of family forms within a sample of 455 families parented by same-sex couples and same-sex attracted sole parents from Australia and New Zealand. Around one-third of this sample had conceived at least one of their children while in a previous heterosexual relationship. The remaining two-thirds had conceived at least one child within a same-sex relationship or while they were single. Among this group, the largest proportion was women who conceived using home-based self-insemination with a known donor. A smaller proportion of women had conceived through clinic-based insemination or assisted reproduction with a known or unknown donor. There were 60 male participants in the sample. Around 20% of these men were raising children they had conceived through a surrogacy arrangement; the rest had conceived their children within previous heterosexual relationships or through donor arrangements with single women or lesbians. Around 50% of participants described their family form in terms of a two-parent model, where they and their partner were their children's only parents. Around 34% were sharing care of their children with ex-partners, either a previous heterosexual (opposite sex) partner or a previous same-sex partner. Around 10% described themself as their child's sole parent. In large part, participants in this study were not creating radically new family formations, with around half of all participants describing their family in terms of a two-parent ‘nuclear’ model, albeit a model involving parents of the same gender. However, pathways to conception and/or parenthood did reflect nontraditional patterns.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Australian Psychological Society
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30030464

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