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Are children of same-sex couples affected negatively emotionally from the unique family paradigm? Do they receive ridicule from their peers? How do these couples or clients define the notion of family?
For example, when engaging with non-traditional families such as single-mother families-same sex-families, research focused on the non-traditional family can inform a counselor's practice by providing information, and by bringing awareness to the counseling
Martell and Prince cite this as a particular problem for same-sex couples. In fact, they assert that relationships between same-sex couples are more complex than the heterosexist norm (p. 1430).
Describe the similarities and differences between traditional and current definitions of couples and families.
They found considerable evidence of family-oriented ministry and a range of gendered and inclusive practices. For instance, a Protestant congregation had adopted an open and affirming stance toward homosexual and same-sex unions.
In addition, research indicates that same-sex couples face too many challenges in the adoption process. For example, Goldberg and Smith (2010) assert that same-sex couples encounter financial barriers and suitability to adopt.
However, specific to same-sex couples that are married, some government accept same-sex marriages as a family unit with the benefits afforded other family units, whereas others do not.
Therefore the counselor must possess skills beyond those of the counseling practitioner. Marital counseling requires the competency of a professional marriage and family therapist.
Due to this factor, homonegativity within the families of same-sex couples can cause a tremendous amount of stress for the same-sex couples, as well as influence these individuals to refrain from visiting family members as much, or attending family functions
Gendered Relationships on Television: Portrayals of Same-Sex and Heterosexual Couples. Mass Communication & Society, 12(2), 170-192.