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LGBTQ-Parent Families

Innovations in Research and Implications for Practice

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  • First work to offer a comprehensive examination of the field of LGBTQ-parent families
  • Provides an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Highlights methodological issues
  • Proposes future research directions
  • Includes a section on applied issues
  • Revises and expands on relevant issues in the field of LGBTQ-parent families

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This textbook offers a comprehensive overview of research on LGBTQ-parent families. The new edition of the textbook provides updated information and expands on the range and depth of current research. The volume features contributions from scholars in psychology, sociology, human development, family studies, gender studies, sexuality studies, legal studies, social work, and anthropology. In addition, the textbook offers an international perspective, with coverage spanning many diverse nations and cultures. Chapters highlight key research, exploring sexual orientation in relation to other key social identities, such as gender, race, and nationality. Chapters also discuss new, emerging areas of research, including asexuality and immigration. The textbook concludes with a section on the growing sophistication of research methodology in the study of LGBTQ-parent families.

The second edition includes new chapters discussing:

  • LGBTQ-parent families and health.  
  • LGBTQ foster parents.
  • LGBTQ adults and sibling relationships.
  • LGBTQ-parent families and poverty.
  • LGBTQ-parent families and separation/divorce.
  • LGBTQ-parent families and religion.
  • LGBTQ-parent families and grief/loss.
  • Methods, recruitment, and sampling in research with LGBTQ families.
  • Teaching/pedagogy on LGBTQ-parent families. 

LGBTQ-Parent Families, 2nd Edition, is a valuable updated resource for graduate students as well as veteran and beginning clinicians across disciplines, including family studies, family therapy, gender studies, public health, social policy, social work and child and adolescent psychology as well as related disciplines across mental health and educational services.

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Table of contents (30 chapters)

  1. Overview

  2. Understudied Areas


"Professors Goldberg and Allen have assembled a group of top-notch researchers and scholars with expertise on a vast array of topics relevant to sexual and gender minority parents and families. The result is a handbook that addresses the current state of the science, including what we know and what we have yet to learn about these increasingly common family forms. Researchers, teachers, service providers, attorneys, and policy makers will want to have this book on their shelf." (Gregory M. Herek, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis)

“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)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Psychology, Clark University, Worcester, USA

    Abbie E. Goldberg

  • Department of Human Development and Family Science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA

    Katherine R. Allen

About the editors

Abbie E. Goldberg is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. She received her BA in psychology from Wesleyan University, and an MA in psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research examines diverse families, including lesbian- and gay-parent families and adoptive-parent families. A central theme of her research is the decentering of any “normal” or “typical” family, sexuality, or gender, to allow room for diverse families, sexualities, and genders.

Katherine R. Allen is a Professor at the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. She received her B.S. in Child Development and Family Relations from University of Connecticut, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University in Family Studies, with a Certificate in Gerontology. Her areas of expertise include family diversity over the life course, family gerontology, feminist family studies, LGBTQ families, and qualitative research methods.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: LGBTQ-Parent Families

  • Book Subtitle: Innovations in Research and Implications for Practice

  • Editors: Abbie E. Goldberg, Katherine R. Allen

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Behavioral Science and Psychology, Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-35609-5Published: 04 April 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-35612-5Published: 04 April 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-35610-1Published: 03 April 2020

  • Edition Number: 2

  • Number of Pages: XX, 546

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Gender Studies, Family, Public Health, Social Policy

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