Parent attachment, relationship quality, and gender influence of adults with parents with past same-sex relationships

Dumayi Gutierrez, Casey Gamboni, Armeda Wojciak, Ashley Frazier

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Abstract

Attachment scholars have focused on attachment outcomes between children and their parents. However, there is a dearth of studies examining the association between attachment and later romantic relationships for those who have had a parent in a samesex relationship during childhood. To address this gap, we used a sample from the New Family Structures Study. The sample for this study comprised 248 adults, of which, 175 participants reported their mother having had a same-sex romantic relationship and 73 participants reported their father having had a same-sex romantic relationship. Regression analysis indicated that participants with mothers who have had same-sex relationships report higher attachment outcomes. Further, higher attachment outcomes predicted higher romantic relationship quality. Gender of the participants and their parents also statistically moderated romantic relationship quality and family-of-origin attachment for females with mothers who have had same-sex relationships. Limitations and future directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-173
Number of pages8
JournalFamily Journal
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Attachment
  • Gender
  • Romantic relationship
  • Same sex

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