Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 235–248 | Cite as

The children of homosexual and heterosexual single mothers

  • Ghazala Afzal Javaid


Children reared in homes headed by homosexual and heterosexual mothers were compared with respect to the mothers' and children's attitudes towards marriage, procreation and homosexuality. The mothers did not prefer their chldren to be homosexual; they desired them to marry and procreate. This was expressed more unambiguously for their sons. The children mirrored these expectations, boys with greater frequency than the girls. Most of the children expressed reservations about having a homosexual mother.

Key words

Homosexual mothers children of homosexual mothers mothers and sons and daughters 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ghazala Afzal Javaid
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Psychiatry/Maudsley HospitalLondon

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