Children of same-sex parents: In and out of the closet

Juliet Barnett, Jon E. Mourot, Megan Aros

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An estimated 14 million children are parented by gay or lesbian couples. Research indicates that children of same-sex parents are as well adjusted as their peers of opposite-sex parents. However, previous research has yet to examine how these youth negotiate their own process of coming out about their families to others. We sought to identify the patterns, issues and themes that recur in the coming out process of these youth. Recommendations for school personnel are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-281
Number of pages5
JournalEducational Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • diversity
  • families
  • gay/lesbian issues
  • parent-school relationship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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