Date of Award

Spring 5-4-1993

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

Second Advisor

Rosemary Link


The study explored the psych+social issues of five lesbian-identified couples as they decided to parent. 'What are the emotional needs, from their perspectives, of lesbian couples as they experience the process of choosing motherhood? The central research question provided descriptive data of the women's experiences from their support networks: their partners, families-of-origin or self-defined families, the lesbian community, their friendship group, professional clinicians, and religious institutions. A common theme emerging within these areas was the need for validation of the women's choice to parent and acknowledgement of this family creation. This demands confronting myths that lesbians should not have children. From a system's perspective, the assumption cannot be made that encouragement and validation for lesbian parenting is accessible from traditional support networks. A discussion of social work practice is included.


SC 11.MSW.1993.Nohner.JA

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