Children's play narratives: what they tell us about lesbian-mother families

Beth Perry, Amanda Burston, Madeleine Stevens, Howard Steele, Jean Golding, Susan Golombok

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Play narratives can offer a unique insight into the child's internal world. This study compared the play narratives of children in 38 lesbian-mother families; 73 two-parent, heterosexual-mother families; and 58 single-heterosexual-mother families recruited from a general population sample. Findings indicated positive mother-child relationships and well-adjusted children. Girls' narratives showed more affection than boys' and were more strongly associated with mothers' interview measures, suggesting that girls' play narratives reveal a more accurate picture of family relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-79
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004

Bibliographical note

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  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Child
  • Family Relations
  • Female
  • Homosexuality, Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Play and Playthings
  • Sex Factors


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