Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children: Research on the Family Life Cycle, 1st Edition

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Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children: Research on the Family Life Cycle, 1st Edition


Michels, Lori, Contemporary Sexuality


Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children: Research on the Family Life Cycle, 1st edition. By Abbie E. Goldberg. Washington DC: American Psychological Association. 2010. Hard cover. $59.95

Do you feel like you're at a disadvantage when faced with a client who identifies as lesbian or gay? Do you hide in the closet, afraid to come out and admit you didn't receive enough education on understanding same -sex couples and their families? After reading Goldberg's book, "Lesbian and Gay Parents and their Children", I'm sure you'll have a better understanding of members of the lesbian and gay community and their families.

Goldberg delivers a thorough, comprehensive look at the gay and lesbian population, same-sex partnerships, parenting, and the children they raise by integrating qualitative and quantitative research with the family life cycle model. Beginning with the life cycle stage of single young adult and ending with launching children, Goldberg leaves no stone unturned as she examines the transitional complexities of gay/lesbian life and the parenting of their children.

Goldberg educates readers on terminology, history, and her research. I felt that Goldberg's terminology and use of data was on point. Also, I found Goldberg's comparative approach in her delivery of information to be beneficial. Goldberg teases apart the similarities found between same sex individuals and heterosexuals from the strengths and challenges that are exclusive to same-sex individuals, their partnerships and families. …

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