Lesbian Mothers With Planned Families: A Comparative Study of Internalized Homophobia and Social Support


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This study compared the perception of social support and the degree of internalized homophobia for two demographically similar groups; lesbians with planned families and lesbians who did not have children. Results found that lesbians with planned families perceived significantly less social support from friends overall, from gay men and lesbian friends specifically, and more support from their families-of-origin than lesbians who did not have children. Lesbians with planned families also reported significantly higher internalized homophobia specific to disclosure of sexual identification. The authors suggest that selective disclosure may be an adaptive response rather than a true measure of internalized homophobia.