Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Children of same-sex parents



Same-Sex Parent Study


While there is still a good deal more research to be done on the health and well-being of children of same-gender parents, it is encouraging to read that the preliminary research (see link below) is indicating that these children are as well-adjusted, or perhaps even more so, than children of straight couples.  Having now observed multiple same-gender families, aside from my own, these results are not surprising.

The hypothesis presented is that the distribution of tasks tends to be more equitable in same sex families, resulting in more cohesion. I agree, and would go further to say that even in more traditional same-gender families, where one is the breadwinner and one is a stay-at-home parent, the workload tends to be dictated by choice rather than by society.

It is important to note that this Australian study has a larger number of two mom families represented. Fortunately, there are many two dad families coming down the pike to be observed. In time, as research continues, we will have more data to discuss.

What is not being discussed in the study below is that most same gender couples have had to truly commit to the process of having a child.  It often takes years to adopt or surrogate.  Every step is fully planned and thought-out.  As such, most same-gender parents tend to be responsible. They are also a bit older, have (or have had) solid careers and are relatively financially stable (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/06/gay-people-more-financially-secure_n_2249677.html).  These are trademarks of a stable family -- gay, straight, single-parent, etc.

This study should hopefully quiet some of the naysayers...
...at least for a day or two!


http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/07/children-of-same-sex-couples-are-happier-and-healthier-than-peers-research-shows/

I am sure this is going to be a spirited topic. Feel free to comment!