Support for family diversity: a three-country study

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Riggs, Damien Wayne
Due, Clemence
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Taylor & Francis
Objective: To understand levels of support for differences between families in terms of sexuality and mode of family formation across three countries. Background: Previous research has found that attitudes towards family diversity continue to improve over time, although differences remain. Methods: Subjects were 1605 people living in Australia, the United Kingdom or the United States who completed a questionnaire which sought to explore levels of support for a diverse range of family forms and modes of family formation. Results: Religiosity, political leanings and beliefs about the importance of genetic relatedness were all correlated with level of support. Gender of participant was a predictor of level of support. Cluster analysis indicated three clusters (unsupportive, neutral and supportive) for level of support, for which both sexuality and parent status were predictors. Conclusion: Findings highlight the normative status of reproductive heterosex, and demonstrate the considerable value accorded to genetic relatedness.
“This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology on 12 February 2018, available online: https:// full/10.1080/02646838.2018.1434491” This manuscript version is made available under the CCBY- NC-ND 4.0 license licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ This author accepted manuscript is made available following 12 month embargo from date of publication (February 2018) in accordance with the publisher’s archiving policy.
Family, diversity, attitudes, support, genetic relatedness
Riggs, D.W. & Due, C. (2018). Support for family diversity: a three-country study. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. DOI:10.1080/02646838.2018.1434491