Father-child attachment in adoptive gay father families

  title={Father-child attachment in adoptive gay father families},
  author={Anja L McConnachie and Nadia Ayed and Vasanti Jadva and Michael E. Lamb and Fiona Tasker and Susan Golombok},
  journal={Attachment \& Human Development},
  pages={110 - 123}
ABSTRACT The attachment security of children in 30 gay father families, 29 lesbian mother families and 38 heterosexual parent families was investigated using the Friends and Family Interview (FFI) at the second phase of a longitudinal study. Children in gay father families showed significantly higher levels of secure-autonomous attachment than children in heterosexual parent families, significantly lower levels of preoccupied attachment than children in either lesbian mother or heterosexual… 

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