The desire to have children is a multidimensional, all-comprehensive and enlarged kind of planning impacting the individual’s and the couple’s identities alike. The objective of this research is to assess the presence of the desire to parent amongst a group of Italian homosexuals and to investigate the motivations toward parenthood as well as the reflections on reasons and intensity of the desire to have a child. The study collected a total of 226 subjects (M 143; F 83) aged between 17-67 (mean age 31; SD 9.36). The questionnaire highlights: sociodemographic data, sexual orientation, parenthood motivations (categories: Well-being; Social Control; Happiness; Identity; Parenthood; Continuity), the time spent thinking about the reasons for having children (Reflection) and the intensity of the desire to have a child (Strength of Desire). The results underline that a large majority (particularly higher for women and subjects living a couple relationships) expresses a desire to parent and the intention to have children. The reasons for wanting a child are mainly related to the experiencing of positive feelings that the relationship with a child brings as well as to the personal and couple’s fulfillment alike. There was no presence of influences of social pressure motivations at all. The study suggest the importance of considering new planning forms expressed by homosexuals, referring to old but still rooted stereotypes, by highlighting the growth of new forms of assertiveness affirming homosexual identity.
Keywords: Sexual orientation, homosexuality, homosexual parenthood, desire to parent, homosexual couples relationships, planned homosexual families
Roberta Rossi, Elisabetta Todaro, Giovanna Torre, Chiara Simonelli, Homosexuality and desire to parent: study in a group of italian homosexuals in "RIVISTA DI SESSUOLOGIA CLINICA" 1/2010, pp. 23-40, DOI:10.3280/RSC2010-001002