Stephen Forssell

Title:
Professional Lecturer
Office:
Room 102E
Address: Building GG
2125 G St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
20052
Phone: 202-994-6323
Email:
forssell@gwu.edu
Website:

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Current Research

My current research examines the well-being of adopted children raised in gay, lesbian, and heterosexually parented families. The Toddlers and Preschoolers Parenting Study (TAPPS) investigates child outcomes (behavioral and psychological adjustment, gender and social development) and family and couple variables (attachment style, parenting style, parental dyadic adjustment) in families referred by adoption agencies across the country.

Publications

Farr, R. H., Forssell, S. L., & Patterson, C. J. (2010). Parenting and child development in adoptive families: Does parental sexual orientation matter? Applied Developmental Science, 14, 164-178.

Farr, R. H., Forssell, S. L., & Patterson, C. J. (2010). Gay, lesbian, and heterosexual adoptive parents: Couple and relationship issues. Journal of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Family Studies, 6(2), 199-213.

Forssell, S. L. (2006).  Male couple communication about outside sexual activity.  Division 44 Newsletter, 22(3), 23-24. American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.