Narratives about experiences and reflections around same-sex parenting

a portuguese study

  • Paula Xavier Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, Escola Superior Escola Superior de Educação, Viseu, Portugal
  • Isabel Alberto Universidade de Coimbra, Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Francisco Mendes Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, Escola Superior Escola Superior de Educação, Viseu, Portugal
Keywords: same-sex parenting, family resilience, Portugal, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Abstract

Introduction: In Portugal, despite recent changes in the legal system, the social recognition of same-sex parenting remains difficult. In addition, research on this topic is still in a process of affirmation and has focused primarily on social attitudes, being fundamental to know and understand the perspective of the families themselves. 

Objectives: Identify perspectives and experiences related to same-sex parenting. 

Methods: Seven lesbians and one gay man who were mothers/father in the context of a previous heterosexual relationship (n = 2) or in a planned lesbian family (n = 6) were interviewed. Their accounts were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. 

Results: A view of increased responsibility in parenting emerged in the analysis, translated both in the reflection on and the management of external challenges, namely in parenting practices and in the construction of meaning directed to validate and affirm the family in the social context. 

Conclusion: The results contribute to a deeper understanding of experiences surrounding same-sex parenting in the Portuguese context, namely the internal and external resources the participants mobilize in order to adapt to the experienced/anticipated adversity. Implications for both families and professionals who work in this area are presented. 

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Published
2020-06-01
Section
Education and Social Development Sciences