Within the United States, much controversy exists regarding the well-being of children raised in gay- or lesbian-headed households. In his review of Goldberg's Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children: Research on the Family Life Cycle, Dr. Joseph A. Micucci places this controversy within an ecological framework. He writes,
an ecological perspective on gay and lesbian families is timely because societal opposition to same-sex parenting runs the risk of promoting a self-fulfilling prophecy. Promulgation of negative societal messages and false claims that gay and lesbian families are "dangerous" to children can reinforce the external pressures on these families, challenge their intrafamilial coping processes, and so increase the chance that the parental unit will break up or the child will experience emotional stress.Do you agree with Micucci? What do the data say? What factors and processes mitigate this risk?
By Joseph A. Micucci
PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(7)