The article "Sexual orientation and future parenthood in a 2011-2013 nationally representative U.S. sample," by Assistant Professor of Psychology Rachel G. Riskind and her Pennsylvania State University collaborator, Samantha L. Tornello, was accepted for publication. The article will appear in the Journal of Family Psychology, a top-tier journal of psychology and family studies.
The article describes Riskind and Tornello’s analyses of data from thousands of childless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual participants in the 2011-2013 United States National Survey of Family Growth. The authors were interested in learning whether recent changes in political and social climates would reduce sexual orientation differences in plans to either become a parent or to remain childfree. In this article, the authors report the first quantitative evidence that these differences persisted well into the second decade of the 21st century. This is also the first article to describe bisexual peoples’ parenting plans in a nationally representative U.S. sample. Their findings have implications for health care, adoption and foster care policy, and legal protections for sexual minority people and their children.