Quality of peer relationships in adolescents of same-sex parents
Glasheen, Theresa Lynn
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Literature has shown that peer relationships play an integral role in an adolescentÕs emotional and social development. For an adolescent raised by a same-sex couple, his or her peer relationships may be influenced by societal contexts that may contribute to a pre-conceived stigma against homosexual parents. In this study adolescents from homosexual and heterosexual parent-families were surveyed on their perceptions of their peer relationships. Using a quantitative approach, this study identified emergent themes and compared the nature of peer relationships for adolescents raised in a household with same-sex parents with adolescents raised by opposite-sex parents. Results indicate that adolescents raised with same-sex parents have comparable levels of social acceptance, were comfortable telling peers about their family makeup, and were treated more favorably by female peers.