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Breaking: Largest Study Of Children Raised By Same-Sex Parents Shows They’re Healthier Than Their Peers

by David Badash on June 5, 2013

in Marriage,News,Politics

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The largest study to date of children raised by same-sex couples finds overall they are healthier and fare at least as well if not better than their peers, raised by opposite-sex couples.

“Children of same-sex parents are doing as well or better than the rest of the population on a number of key health indicators,” The Age reports:

That is the initial finding from the world’s largest study on the children of same-sex parents, under way at Melbourne University.

The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families collected data on 500 children nationwide, up to the age of 17.

An interim report found there was no statistical difference between children of same-sex couples and the rest of the population on indicators including self-esteem, emotional behaviour and the amount of time spent with parents.

However, children of same-sex couples scored higher than the national average for overall health and family cohesion, measuring how well the family members get along.

The study’s protocol, detailing its intent and methodology may be accessed here.

Unlike the “deeply flawed” and “disgraced,” Regnerus study, The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families looks at children of actual same-sex couples.

This is but one of a number of studies on children raised by same-sex parents, which all have similar findings.

Hat tip: Think Progress

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{ 8 comments }

TomTallis June 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Suck on that, Mark Regnerus, Robert George, and Brian Brownshirt.

labman57 June 5, 2013 at 7:10 pm

If Christian conservatives believed in the power of empirical data, they probably would not be Christian conservatives.

BJLincoln June 6, 2013 at 7:29 am

Science and facts are on our side. Not believing in science is just plain ignorant.
Funny how they will wave around a flawed study but will not accept several real studies that say the same thing. How thick can you get?

robertlechef October 12, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Not believing in science? Isn't the whole claim Regnerus is making is that his study is scientific?

robertlechef October 12, 2013 at 10:11 pm

I wonder what their indicators for "health" are. These are worth looking at. If the methods are fine, but the assumptions flawed, that's where the debate is going to take place.

getoverit2013 December 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm

So basically gay "parents" are better than normal parents? You people would have a collective coronary if a conservative even remotely alluded to the same idiocy in reverse. Such hypocrites.

Raytheist March 8, 2014 at 10:24 am

Why put quotes around it? And why do you make a false contrast as if gay parents are not normal? Your language seems to betray a negative bias.

And I don't believe the claim is made that gay parents are better than straight parents. The study (if I understand the article correctly) merely says the children of gay parents are as well-off health-wise as children of straight parents, and on some measures (like family cohesion) even do better as a group. The reason we study these things is to combat and disprove the negative claims that children are somehow harmed by having gay parents, simply because the parents are gay rather than for some specific thing that sets them apart as "bad" parents (i.e., malnutrition, neglect, academic failure, etc.)

MitchBurns2013 March 8, 2014 at 8:24 pm

I agree, this article is not meant to say that gay couple are 'better' parents. Raythiest your comment could have come from my mouth :). This article is clearly to " combat and disprove the negative claims that children are somehow harmed by having gay parents" As you so well put it.

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