Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Nonmonogamy

Children in Polyamorous Families: Grounds for Concern?

Elisabeth Sheff, Ph.D.

A major concern among counseling professionals is the possibility that children who grow up within a polyamorous family might display higher levels of various types of emotional pathologies,  behavioral abnormalities, and/or social problems. Although there is not yet a great deal of evidence on this subject, a fair amount of data is slowly accumulating. This presentation will examine and discuss the patterns  revealed by such evidence as is currently available.