- Series: Contemporary Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Psyc
- Hardcover: 233 pages
- Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA); 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433805367
- ISBN-13: 978-1433805363
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.9 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children: Research on the Family Life Cycle (Contemporary Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Psyc) 1st Edition
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Abbie E. Goldberg, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Clark University.
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Those questions form the heart of this book as Goldberg explores the gay and lesbian experience in parenting children. And while the marriage equality movement adopted the slogan that "love makes a family," from a sociopolitical and legal perspective, public policy defines a family and accords it rights and privileges based on an accepted construct.
So, who constructs the construct of family? Goldberg notes that biological parenthood is "fundamentally gendered." Yet, how straight people and gay and lesbian people build their families isn't all that different except - and this is the big exception - gay and lesbian couples can not procreate with their partner. The idea of traditional conception within a fundamentally gendered family, whether or not conception actually takes place, has generally been the reinforcing construct of family across the societal spectrum.
Goldberg's research doesn't need to challenge this conception of family since it is a valid construct. Rather, through life narratives (qualitative) and statistical comparisons (quantitative), her research shows that human development within a gay and lesbian family reality is a parallel and sustainable construct, too. This is an important work that will help policy makers in every discipline embrace new notions of the human family.
You don't need any particular background in science to read this book because the usefulness and context of the research is clearly explained. I'd recommend it not just to those who have an interest in LGBTI issues but to anybody who is a member of a family - because this book not only talks about how these minority families are different but also the ways in which all families are alike.
This book should be required reading for anyone in a position to make policy decisions affecting gay and lesbian couples.