A Modern Family: Perceptions of Parenting Abilities

Alexa Strebeck-Sicina

Abstract


Gay and lesbian couples are becoming more accepted in this day and age, which is shown by the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States; however, little is known about how people perceive them as parents. This research was conducted to examine individuals’ perceptions of the parenting abilities of gay, lesbian, and heterosexual parents. We predicted that participants would perceive heterosexual parents as having greater parenting abilities than homosexual parents. In our experiment there was not a significant effect of the sexual orientation of the parents on participant’s perceptions of parenting abilities. This research could be used as evidence that true equalization of straight, gay, and lesbian couples is a strong possibility in the foreseeable future.


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