Parents' zone

New family forms

Expert: Professor Susan Golombok
Masterclass structure: 9 lessons (46:19 minutes)

About this class

In this masterclass, renowned Professor Susan Golombok examines children of gay fathers, lesbian mothers, donor conception parents, surrogates, trans-parents, and single mothers by choice to find out if they are as well-adjusted as children growing up in traditional families. This masterclass is of interest to parents of any of these new family forms and to parents of more traditional families as it will challenge popular misconceptions.


About the expert

Professor Susan Golombok is Professor Emerita of Family Research and former Director of the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge. Her research examines the impact of new family forms on parenting and child development, specifically lesbian mother families, gay father families, single mothers by choice and families created by assisted reproductive technologies including in vitro fertilisation (IVF), donor insemination, egg donation, and surrogacy. Her most recent book is We are Family: What really matters for Parents and Children, published in 2020.

Lessons in this class

10 Lessons (46:19min)
0. Lesson - Meet your expert 0:31
1. Lesson - Aim of this masterclass 1:00
2. Lesson - Lesbian mother families 4:12
3. Lesson - Assisted reproduction families 15:44
4. Lesson - Surrogacy families 6:49
5. Lesson - Single mothers by choice 2:49
6. Lesson - Gay father families 6:14
7. Lesson - Transgender families 2:58
8. Lesson - Are children of new families stigmatised? 4:20
9. Lesson - Take home message 1:42

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