ERIC Number: EJ798229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Social Support and Psychological Well-Being in Lesbian and Heterosexual Preadoptive Couples
Goldberg, Abbie E.; Smith, JuliAnna Z.
Family Relations, v57 n3 p281-294 Jul 2008
This study examines predictors of social support and mental health among 36 lesbian and 39 heterosexual couples who were waiting to adopt. Lesbian preadoptive partners perceived less support from family than heterosexual partners but similar levels of support from friends. Lesbian and heterosexual partners reported similar levels of well-being. Aspects of the adoption process were associated with anxiety, whereas couples' conception history was associated with depression. Adoption practitioners should acknowledge these distinct pathways in prevention efforts.
Descriptors: Adoption, Depression (Psychology), Social Support Groups, Homosexuality, Mental Health, Comparative Analysis, Females, Family Environment, Friendship, Well Being, Anxiety
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