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.
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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