Answered By: Jessica Maris
Last Updated: May 13, 2015     Views: 19

There are three different ways to seek out information on this subject: look for materials on gender roles in parenting, look for materials on the differences in child development in single-parent familes versus two-parent families, and look for materials discussing the differences in development of children raised by same-sex parents versus different-sex parents.

For books and eBooks, follow the link below to our library catalog, WorldCat.  I searched for parenting gender and found some relevant books, such as this one.  You could also search for books on fatherless or motherless families, as most of them will discuss the effects of the parents' absence on child development.  Another option is to search for books on same-sex parenting, as some of them will discuss the potential differences in child development in these families as compared to ones headed by different-sex couples.

For articles, follow the link below to our Databases list.  The databases under Hot Topics & News or Social Sciences tabs should both have some relevant databases.  From the list, select individual databases to search.

In Gale: Opposing Viewpoints, you can do a basic search for parenting, which will retrieve many viewpoints about marriage.  A lot of these focus on same-sex marriage, but some of these may discuss child development differences depending on parental gender.  You could narrow the search by searching for same-sex parents.

In Facts on File: Issues and Controversies, you could search for gender role, parenting, or same-sex parenting.

In EBSCO: All Hot Topics Databases or EBSCO: All Social Sciences Databases, there are numerous ways to approach the search, using combinations of keywords about parenting, gender roles, and childhood development.   A search for parental roles AND (DE "CHILD development") brought up some relevant articles, such as this one.  Another search is (DE "GENDER role") AND ((DE "CHILD development") OR (DE "PARENTING")).  As with books, you also could try searching for articles on child development in fatherless or motherless families.

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