The National Lesbian Family Study: 2. Interviews with mothers of toddlers.


Journal Article

In this second report from a longitudinal study of lesbian families in which the children were conceived by donor insemination, interviews yielded the following data: Most couples shared parenting co-equally; the majority felt closer to their family of origin; adoptive co-mothers felt greater legitimacy as parents; biology and nurture received the same ratings for mother-child bonding; and political and legal action had increased among many participants. The impact of these findings and that of homophobia on lesbian family life are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gartrell, N; Banks, A; Hamilton, J; Reed, N; Bishop, H; Rodas, C

Published Date

  • July 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 69 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 362 - 369

PubMed ID

  • 10439850

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10439850

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-0025

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9432

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/h0080410


  • eng