LGBT-Parent Families

Innovations in Research and Implications for Practice

  • Abbie E. Goldberg
  • Katherine R. Allen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Research: Overview Chapters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rachel H. Farr, Charlotte J. Patterson
      Pages 39-55
  3. Research: Understudied Topics and Groups

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Dana Berkowitz
      Pages 71-85
    3. Jordan B. Downing
      Pages 105-115
    4. Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Peter Haydon, Anne Hunter
      Pages 117-131
    5. Nancy A. Orel, Christine A. Fruhauf
      Pages 177-192
    6. Ramona Faith Oswald, Elizabeth Grace Holman
      Pages 193-208
    7. Eden B. King, Ann H. Huffman, Chad I. Peddie
      Pages 225-237
  4. Applications: Clinical Work, Policy, and Advocacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Arlene Istar Lev, Shannon L. Sennott
      Pages 241-260
    3. Eliza Byard, Joseph Kosciw, Mark Bartkiewicz
      Pages 275-290
    4. Julie Shapiro
      Pages 291-304
  5. Methodology: Research Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
    2. JuliAnna Z. Smith, Aline G. Sayer, Abbie E. Goldberg
      Pages 307-323
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-357
    2. Abbie E. Goldberg, Katherine R. Allen
      Pages 359-365
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 367-371

About this book


“This first-rate handbook provides a comprehensive, astute, and accessible view of LGBT-parent families. With contributions from an interdisciplinary and international group of leading scholars, this volume covers every contemporary topic concerning LGBT families, including transgender parenting and LGBTQ youth with LGBTQ parents. Co-editors Drs. Goldberg and Allen have done an outstanding job in assembling experts to present overviews of the research and suggest applications for clinical work, policy, and advocacy. I highly recommend that this book be included in college and post-graduate social science courses on family life. This manual is essential reading for all clinicians.”  - Nanette Gartrell, MD, Williams Institute Visiting Distinguished Scholar, UCLA School of Law, Principal Investigator, U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study

“The appearance of a handbook on LGBT-parent families signals and advances the mainstreaming of a category of family that just a short time ago was utterly marginal, subversive, even illegal.”—from the Foreword by Judith Stacey, Ph.D.

Paralleling their gains in legal rights and social acceptance is a rapidly growing knowledge base concerning sexually diverse families. Emphasizing what we know and what we still need to know about this maturing field, LGBT-Parent Families covers both major and less-studied areas of research, exploring clinical, methodological, policy, and advocacy issues alongside the contexts in which parents practice their craft and children experience their world. Inclusiveness beyond sexuality and gender is a crucial dimension of this volume: issues of race/ethnicity, social class, and geographic diversity are discussed by most of the contributors, including a chapter devoted to non-Western perspectives. Diverse, too, are the disciplines represented in the book, from psychology and psychiatry to human development and legal studies. Among the topics covered:

  • Lesbian and gay adoptive parents
  • A call for research on bisexual parenting
  • Transgender-parent families
  • LGBTQ youth with LGBTQ parents
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender grandparents
  • Clinical work with LGBTQ parents and prospective parents
  • Qualitative research on LGBT-parent families
  • Use of representative datasets to study LGBT-parent families
  • Use of multilevel modeling to study LGBT-parent families

Geared toward researchers in family relations, family sociology, and public health as well as to policymakers and clinicians, LGBT-Parent Families breaks progressive new ground with an eye toward an egalitarian future.


Bisexual Bisexual parenting Child development Clinical work with LGBTQ parents Co-parenting Families formed through donor insemination Gay Men and Surrogacy Gay fathers Gender identity Gender roles Gender studies LGBT LGBT families LGBTQ Parents Lesbian and Gay Adoptive Parents Lesbian and Gay Parenting Lesbian mothers Polyamorous parenting Post-heterosexual divorce Qualitative research on LGBT families Schools and LGBT parent families Transgender Transgender parent families

Editors and affiliations

  • Abbie E. Goldberg
    • 1
  • Katherine R. Allen
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of PsychologyClark UniversityWorcesterUSA
  2. 2., Department of Human DevelopmentVirginia Polytechnic Institute and StateBlacksburgUSA

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