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Experiences of gay men who choose to become parents


2008 2008

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This project explored the experiences of ten gay male couples who chose to become parents. Of the twenty fathers who were interviewed, ten fathers (five couples) created a family with children through surrogacy, and ten fathers (five couples) adopted their children. The manuscript begins with a discussion of the historical roles of the father, a review of research on contemporary conceptualizations of fatherhood, and a consideration of the motivation to parent in the context of Erik Erikson's concept of generativity. Discussion then moves to the topic of the surrogacy process as it relates to the choice of gay men to father a child. Following elucidation of the practical and legal aspects of surrogacy, terms are defined which pertain to impregnation, gestation, and birth. The manuscript includes discussion of the ways in which these fathers conceptualize parenthood, including their various roles and responsibilities, and how their conceptualizations influence childcare. Fathers also discuss what motivated them to become parents. Experiences with discrimination associated with being gay are explored, with special consideration of the ways in which such discrimination affects the children and parents in a gay family system. Finally, consideration is given to the relative advantages and disadvantages of surrogacy vs. adoption, with attention to the significance of biological connectedness to a child.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Social psychology;
Clinical psychology;
Individual & family studies;
Gender studies
Classification
0451: Social psychology
0622: Clinical psychology
0628: Individual & family studies
0733: Gender studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Psychology, Family, Gay men, Homosexual, Men, Parenting, Parents
Title
Experiences of gay men who choose to become parents
Author
Robins, Sean Barnett
Number of pages
210
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0118
Source
DAI-B 69/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549786009
Advisor
Halgin, Richard P.
Committee member
Constantino, Michael; Janoff-Bulman, Ronnie; Ouellett, Matthew
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Psychology
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3325117
ProQuest document ID
304568474
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304568474
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