Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
Denise Reiling, Ph.D., Chair
Robert Orrange, Ph.D.
Previous research on same-sex couples with children acknowledges that their parenting issues are similar to and yet different from their heterosexual counterparts. The literature does not examine, in an in-depth fashion, the challenges that same-sex parents face and how such challenges affect the lives of their families and relationships. This research examines the extent that same-sex parents reflect "traditional" family norms and behaviors, and how they socialize their children within the debate surrounding same-sex relationships. The author conducted and analyzed in-depth qualitative interviews from seven same-sex couples with children under the age of eighteen in the Southeastern Michigan area. It was found that there were a number of challenges same-sex parents encountered in the process of raising their children. This research suggests the need of a broader awareness of the challenges encountered by same-sex parents, and the manner that they meet these challenges in a world different from their parents.
Jendry, Allison, "Reflections on the way we were raised: Socialization within a same-sex family" (2015). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 649.