The association between self-perceived parental role and meaning in life among gay and heterosexual fathers

Geva Shenkman, Dov Shmotkin

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Abstract

The association between self-perceived parental role and meaning in life (indicated by personal growth and purpose in life) was explored among 82 Israeli gay fathers that were individually matched with 82 heterosexual fathers. Self-perceived parental role was associated with meaning in life and this association was moderated by sexual orientation, demonstrating a significant positive association between selfperceived parental role and meaning in life among gay fathers but not among heterosexual fathers. The results are interpreted in light of the unique parental role gay fathers possibly construct in the context of intentional parenting and through possible life circumstances which appear associated with increased feelings of personal growth and purpose in life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)552-561
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 28 Apr 2016

Keywords

  • Fatherhood
  • Gay fatherhood
  • Meaning in life
  • Self-perceived parental role
  • Sexual orientation

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