Journal article

Psychological Wellbeing Among Same-sex Attracted and Heterosexual Parents: Role of Connectedness to Family and Friendship Networks

Jennifer Power, Margot J Schofield, Davide Farchione, Amaryll Perlesz, Ruth McNair, Rhonda Brown, Marian Pitts, Andrew Bickerdike

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy | WILEY | Published : 2015


Increasing numbers of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults are entering into parenthood. Previous studies indicate many of these parents receive little or no support from their families of origin due to family members' negative attitudes toward homosexuality. This study looks at the extent to which LGB parents report a lower sense of connectedness to family of origin and friendship networks than heterosexual parents and whether this has an impact on psychological wellbeing in either of these groups. Data were derived from two studies of parents: Work, Love, Play, a study of Australian and New Zealand LGB parents (n=324); and the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, a population-based..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant with financial support from VicHealth (the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation), Relationships Australia (National and Victoria) and ACON (formerly the AIDS Council of NSW) and in-kind support from Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria and the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (now called the Queensland AIDS Council).