Children in Rainbow Families

  • Andreja Hočevar
  • Published 2014


This article discusses rainbow families, families formed by one or two same-sex attracted persons raising a child or children. It examines the findings of different research studies undertaken internationally (primarily in the USA and Western Europe) focusing on whether children growing up in rainbow families differ from children growing up in other family forms. The research findings demonstrate that there are no statistically significant differences between children being raised by rainbow families and other family forms with regard to the formation of gender identity, gender roles, emotional and cognitive development, or psychological and behavioural adjustments. However, the health and well-being of children growing up in rainbow families does depend on the (fear of) stigmatization and discrimination against these children in society.

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@inproceedings{Hoevar2014ChildrenIR, title={Children in Rainbow Families}, author={Andreja Ho{\vc}evar}, year={2014} }