Intergenerational effects of parental personality and relationship traits on mate choice among gay male and lesbian offspring

Brad Van Eeden-Moorefield, Elizabeth W. Lindsey

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Data from 33 lesbian and 54 gay male cohabiting couples were used to examine the relation between parental identification and mate selection. Theories of mate selection and parental identification are reviewed. Effects of gender and sexual orientation as they relate to parental identification and mate selection in gay male and lesbian couples also are reviewed. The results demonstrate significant associations between the similarity of perceived parental personality and relationship styling traits with those of the partner. Socio-economic status, age, and culture also were significantly associated between parents and partners. Taken together, the results demonstrate little support for any specific theory and allude to the need for further research in this area. Limitations and implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-143
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Sep 2005



  • Cohabiting
  • Gay men and lesbians
  • Mate selection
  • Parental identification
  • Personal relationships
  • Personality
  • Theory

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