Sex Roles

, Volume 61, Issue 1–2, pp 55–71 | Cite as

Heterosexual, Lesbian, and Gay Preadoptive Parents’ Preferences About Child Gender

Original Article

Abstract

Little research has explored the child gender preferences of preadoptive parents. This study utilized a mixed-methods approach to explore child gender preferences (and individuals’ reasons for such preferences) in a geographically diverse, US sample of 93 heterosexual, 61 lesbian, and 48 gay male preadoptive couples. Heterosexual men were the least likely to demonstrate a gender preference and gay men were the most likely. Individuals in heterosexual relationships were more likely to prefer girls than individuals in same-gender relationships. In explaining their preferences, sexual minorities often emphasized gender socialization considerations (e.g., their perceived inability to socialize a child of the opposite gender) and concerns about heterosexism (e.g., some gay men preferred girls because they felt a boy would encounter more harassment).

Keywords

Adoption Child gender Gay Lesbian Preferences 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyClark UniversityWorcesterUSA

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