Adoption and same-sex parenting: what about the Oedipus complex?

Adoption and same-sex parenting: what about the Oedipus complex?

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Adoption and same-sex parenting: what about the Oedipus complex? Jean-Pierre Winter, psychoanalyst, and Stéphane Clerget, child psychiatrist, answer us.

Is a child raised by two men, or two women, built in the same way?

  • JEAN-PIERRE WINTER, psychoanalyst : What could be pathogenic for the child is to seek to erase the biological father or mother of the child. I am not saying that a child needs or has the right to a father and a mother, I say that a child has a father and a mother. It must be clear in the minds of the children who will be adopted. Erasure is the worst thing, because it always comes back in a symptomatic form in the course of life. If the child thinks there is no room for a father, he will miss a key piece of his story. But it's the same for children adopted by heterosexual parents. In addition, these children will have the difficulty of having to solve the equation of the impossibility of being born of a same-sex couple.

Is the oedipus complex possible when you have two parents of the same sex?

  • J.P.W: What interests the child is who contributed to his birth and the desire between the people who designed it. If he has before him two women who claim to be his parents and explain to him that he is the fruit of their love, he knows that it is not possible and that he was not born from that desire. . The Oedipus complex is not an obligatory passage, but in the case of homosexual parenthood, the real question is how the parents' Oedipal complex has resolved to deliberately to make a child by depriving him a priori of his father or mother. What happened in their story to them?
  • STEPHANE CLERGET, child psychiatrist: The Oedipus complex is integrating that we can not be the loving partner of the person who is raising us. If a child who lives alone with his mother or father, and there are more and more, can do it, why would a child living with two adults of the same sex not succeed? On the contrary, it is more difficult for him to give up being the loving partner of his parent when he is alone than when he is in a relationship with a partner. Parents are not the only referents of children to learn the difference of the sexes.

Stéphanie Letellier