Children With LGBQ Parents, Academic Outcomes

In describing the academic outcomes of children with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) parents, this entry provides an overview of studies on lesbian mothers and, to a lesser extent, gay fathers; very little research has been conducted on bisexual parents. First, research is described that summarizes LGBQ parents’ involvement in school, which has been established (in prior work with heterosexual-parent families) as an important predictor of academic outcomes for children, whereby greater parental school involvement is linked to better academic outcomes. Next, the entry reviews evidence about the amount and types of bullying that children with LGBQ parents face at school from their peers (and sometimes other adults), which can contribute to school disengagement and poorer academic outcomes. Then, having described several factors that ...

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