Young adults from broken homes in which a parent had had a same-sex relationship reported modestly more psychological and social problems in their current lives than peers from other families that had experienced divorce and other disruptions, a new study has found, stirring bitter debate among partisans on gay marriage. The study counted parents as gay or lesbian by asking participants whether their parents had ever had a same-sex relationship; the parents may not have identified themselves as gay or lesbian. Gay-rights groups attacked the study, financed by conservative foundations, as biased and poorly done even before its publication on Sunday in the journal Social Science Research. But outside experts, by and large, said the research was rigorous, providing some of the best data yet comparing outcomes for adult children with a gay parent with those with heterosexual parents.
No differences noted over time for children of gay, lesbian, adoptive parents
More evidence backs up same-sex parenting assessment | Christian Concern
As more and more lesbian and gay adults adopt children, controversies continue regarding comparative parenting skills and the impact on the children. For nearly a decade, University of Kentucky assistant professor of psychology Rachel H. Farr has studied different aspects of family life among heterosexual, gay and lesbian parents and their adopted children. Her newest findings were published online last week by the Developmental Psychology journal. Farr's most recent research results provides further support that children adopted by lesbian and gay parents are well-adjusted, not only in early childhood, but across time into middle childhood.
Debate on a Study Examining Gay Parents
Every family is unique, with different family dynamics, as well as cultural, social, and religious influences. Learn more about how these influences can affect the children in your life. Gender is more complex than most of us have been taught.
Jennifer was a co-author on two papers cited in this document, as disclosed in the text. Simon Crouch is a co-author on three papers cited in the article. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. When asked for sources to support his statements, a spokesperson for Kevin Andrews told The Conversation:. The majority of research on this topic shows that children or adolescents raised by same-sex parents fare equally as well as those raised by opposite-sex parents on a wide range of social, emotional, health and academic outcomes.