US National Lesbian Longitudinal Family Study - NLLFS

The largest, longest-running prospective investigation of American lesbian mothers and their children

What’s New

Latest Publications

  • "Satisfaction with Known, Open-Identity, or Unknown Sperm Donors: Reports from Lesbian Mothers of 17-year-old Adolescents" in Fertility and Sterility, 2014 more
  • "Stigmatization and Promotive Factors in Relation to Psychological Health and Life Satisfaction of Adolescents in Planned Lesbian Families" in Journal of Family Issues, 2013 more
  • "Adolescents with Lesbian Mothers Describe Their Own Lives" in Journal of Homosexuality, 2012 more
  • "Male Role Models, Gender Role Traits, and Psychological Adjustment" in Gender & Society, 2012 more

About the Study

What our study is about.

The USA National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS) follows lesbian mothers and their children who were conceived by donor insemination during the 1980s. The NLLFS examines the social, psychological, and emotional development of the children as well as the dynamics of planned lesbian families.

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News & Notes

The latest happenings.

Journal of Adolescence—a 2015 study on adolescents in the Dutch Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study with commentary in Slate

Forcing the Spring—NLLFS cited in book by Pulitzer Prize-Winner Jo Becker

The Washington Post—NLLFS called "the best" study on same-sex parent families

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Who We Are

More about our researchers.

Our principal researchers are Dr. Nanette Gartrell and Dr. Henny Bos. We also bring in research collaborators, along with supporters who help make this work possible.

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Links of Interest:
The Williams Institute | LGBT MAP