Single gay fathers via surrogacy: the dialectics between vulnerability and resilience

Tsfati Maya, Ben Ari Adital

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The present study focuses on the experiences and constructed meanings of Israeli single gay fathers via surrogacy. Based on the analysis of 11 in-depth, semi-structured interviews with single gay fathers via surrogacy, we show that their parenting experiences are shaped in contradictory ways, allowing them to adopt a reflective position in relation to the dominant familial model. Data from in-depth interviews reveals two themes: The first: presents the influence of social viewpoints on the fathers’ accounts of their families as inherently deficient. The second: describes single gay fathers’ accounts that are dominated by empowerment, free choice and autonomy. These themes articulate the duality between vulnerability to resilience that shapes these fathers’ lived experiences. These findings highlight the complex tension between these men and their social environment concerning the concept of the contingency of couplehood and parenthood and the construction of resilience in single gay fathers’ lives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-260
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Family Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Fatherhood
  • same-sex family
  • single father family
  • surrogacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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