Examining the demographic and psychological variables associating with the childbearing intention among gay and bisexual men in Taiwan

Celia Hoi Yan Chan, Yu Te Huang, Georgina Yuen-Kiu So, Hiu-Tin Leung, Martin William Forth, Iris Po Yee Lo

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Equality for marriage and reproduction has become a major policy agenda worldwide. Opportunities for sexual minority individuals to pursue planned parenthood through assisted reproductive technologies, adoption or surrogacy emerged only recently. Perhaps due to socio-cultural and structural barriers, sexual minority individuals consistently report lower parenthood desires and intentions than heterosexual individuals. Using a cross-sectional online survey, we examined the relationship between parenthood desire and demographic and psychosocial characteristics in a sample of 1,395 gay and bisexual men in Taiwan. Results showed that sexual orientation, relationship status, psychosocial well-being and cultural factors such as filial piety are significant predictors of parenthood desire. Implications for social work practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2022


  • Childbearing intention
  • perceived importance of childbearing
  • gay and bisexual men
  • Taiwan

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