Sexual Orientation of Adult Sons of Gay Fathers

J. Michael Bailey*, David Bobrow, Marilyn Wolfe, Sarah Mikach

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The sexual development of children of gay and lesbian parents is interesting for both scientific and social reasons. The present study is the largest to date to focus on the sexual orientation of adult sons of gay men. From advertisements in gay publications, 55 gay or bisexual men were recruited who reported on 82 sons at least 17 years of age. More than 90% of sons whose sexual orientations could be rated were heterosexual. Furthermore, gay and heterosexual sons did not differ on potentially relevant variables such as the length of time they had lived with their fathers. Results suggest that any environmental influence of gay fathers on their sons' sexual orientation is not large.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-129
Number of pages6
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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