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Predictors of parenting intentions among childless lesbian, gay, and heterosexual adults.
J Fam Psychol. 2019 Mar; 33(2):194-202.JF

Abstract

Disparities in the intention to parent have been found for lesbian and gay individuals compared with heterosexual individuals, but little is known about what social contexts predict these differences. Qualities of family relationships, friendships, and romantic relationships may all play a role, but these have not been studied as a function of sexual orientation. Using a large national sample of adults in the United States, this study explored intentions for parenthood, ideal family size, and predictors of parenting intentions as a function of gender and sexual orientation. Results showed that fewer lesbian and gay than heterosexual individuals intended to become parents. In addition, among those who intended parenthood, lesbian and gay individuals reported smaller intended family sizes than did their heterosexual peers. Sociocontextual and demographic variables predicted parenting intentions similarly among all participants, regardless of sexual orientation. However, dissimilarities in the levels of these predictors explained some of the disparity in parenting intentions between lesbian/gay and heterosexual participants. Much remains to be learned about the role of sexual orientation in family formation processes. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved).

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology.Department of Psychology.Department of Psychology.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30589288

Citation

Tate, Doyle P., et al. "Predictors of Parenting Intentions Among Childless Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Adults." Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), vol. 33, no. 2, 2019, pp. 194-202.
Tate DP, Patterson CJ, Levy AJ. Predictors of parenting intentions among childless lesbian, gay, and heterosexual adults. J Fam Psychol. 2019;33(2):194-202.
Tate, D. P., Patterson, C. J., & Levy, A. J. (2019). Predictors of parenting intentions among childless lesbian, gay, and heterosexual adults. Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), 33(2), 194-202. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000499
Tate DP, Patterson CJ, Levy AJ. Predictors of Parenting Intentions Among Childless Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Adults. J Fam Psychol. 2019;33(2):194-202. PubMed PMID: 30589288.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Predictors of parenting intentions among childless lesbian, gay, and heterosexual adults. AU - Tate,Doyle P, AU - Patterson,Charlotte J, AU - Levy,Andrew J, Y1 - 2018/12/27/ PY - 2018/12/28/pubmed PY - 2019/5/1/medline PY - 2018/12/28/entrez SP - 194 EP - 202 JF - Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43) JO - J Fam Psychol VL - 33 IS - 2 N2 - Disparities in the intention to parent have been found for lesbian and gay individuals compared with heterosexual individuals, but little is known about what social contexts predict these differences. Qualities of family relationships, friendships, and romantic relationships may all play a role, but these have not been studied as a function of sexual orientation. Using a large national sample of adults in the United States, this study explored intentions for parenthood, ideal family size, and predictors of parenting intentions as a function of gender and sexual orientation. Results showed that fewer lesbian and gay than heterosexual individuals intended to become parents. In addition, among those who intended parenthood, lesbian and gay individuals reported smaller intended family sizes than did their heterosexual peers. Sociocontextual and demographic variables predicted parenting intentions similarly among all participants, regardless of sexual orientation. However, dissimilarities in the levels of these predictors explained some of the disparity in parenting intentions between lesbian/gay and heterosexual participants. Much remains to be learned about the role of sexual orientation in family formation processes. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved). SN - 1939-1293 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30589288/Predictors_of_parenting_intentions_among_childless_lesbian_gay_and_heterosexual_adults_ L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/fam/33/2/194 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -