Envisioning future parenthood among bisexual, lesbian, and heterosexual women

Kyle A. Simon, Samantha L. Tornello, Rachel H. Farr, Henny M.W. Bos

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For many individuals, becoming a parent is an important milestone. The current study examined attitudes and beliefs about parenting among a sample of 196 self-identified bisexual, lesbian, and heterosexual women. Results showed no differences by sexual orientation for women's desires and intentions to have children, their idealization of parenthood, and perceptions of their parental self-efficacy (i.e., their ability to care for a child). In contrast, differences did emerge by sexual orientation in aspects such as partner expectations as well as professional intentions (i.e., wanting a permanent position before becoming a parent). Bisexual women tended to anticipate lower partner support compared to heterosexual women. Lesbian women, however, had a greater preference to work full-time during parenthood and wanted a permanent position before becoming a parent compared to both bisexual and heterosexual women. Implications are discussed of how bisexual women's perceptions of parenthood are both similar to and distinct from lesbian and heterosexual women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-259
Number of pages7
JournalPsychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • General Psychology


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