Through the lens of hetero-normative assumptions : re-thinking attitudes towards gay parenting

Pennington, Jarred and Knight, Tess 2010, Through the lens of hetero-normative assumptions : re-thinking attitudes towards gay parenting, Culture, health and sexuality, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 59-72, doi: 10.1080/13691058.2010.519049.

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Title Through the lens of hetero-normative assumptions : re-thinking attitudes towards gay parenting
Author(s) Pennington, Jarred
Knight, TessORCID iD for Knight, Tess
Journal name Culture, health and sexuality
Volume number 13
Issue number 1
Start page 59
End page 72
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1369-1058
Keyword(s) gay parenting
Summary In this study we explored the attitudes and beliefs of nine heterosexual adults towards gay male and female couples parenting children. We conceptualised participants' perceptions as one primary lens through which gay parenting is viewed. Based on the narratives provided, this lens comprised hetero-normative, homophobic or heterosexist assumptions and coloured the way in which participants perceived aspects of the concept of gay couples parenting children. At times, participants attempted to adjust their primary lens and adopt different views that initially suggested ambivalence and sometimes contradictory positions. Despite the range of attitudes and assumptions about same-sex parenting, consensus over the potential negative developmental impact on children raised by same-sex parents remained evident. Evidence suggests that same-sex parenting is already a reality in Westernised nations and has little or no bearing on the sexual orientation of children. However, concern that children be brought up with every opportunity to 'become' heterosexual, whether they are the product of same-sex or opposite-sex parents, remains evident.
Notes First Published online : 18 October 2010
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13691058.2010.519049
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Taylor & Francis
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