Kids of Lesbian Parents May Fare Better Than Their Peers

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A new study analyzing long-term data on kids from birth to adulthood just came out that suggests children of lesbian parents do better than their peers. According to Time:

The authors found that children raised by lesbian mothers – whether the mother was partnered or single – scored very similarly to children raised by heterosexual parents on measures of development and social behavior. These findings were expected, the authors said; however, they were surprised to discover that children in lesbian homes scored higher than kids in straight families on some psychological measures of self-esteem and confidence, did better academically and were less likely to have behavioral problems, such as rule-breaking and aggression.

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  1. As a sidenote from somebody who is working in research – being peer-reviewed does not at all mean that the material is trustable. I know from (independent) studies in the area of computer science which came to the conclusion that other than rejecting the weakest of all material (about the worst 25% of all research papers), results of peer review were found to have almost no correlation with the later impact (that is, it’s ‘quality’ in a scientific context) of the material. Similar experiences have been brought up in almost all research disciplines that I know of, including medicine.

    Not that I don’t believe that the results may be right, but we gotta be fair here – this is just another biased study paid by a lobbyist group, and as such should not be trusted.

  2. It may be surprising to some…but it makes sense. A lesbian couple has to go more out of their way to have kids; they’re more likely to be sure they’re at the right place in their life, and truly want them in advance. A straight couple can just sort of stumble into it. It’s easy for things to be accidental, even if a child isn’t unwelcome.

    Is it any wonder that those who have to be a lot more intentional about the process might be statistically more likely to provide a nurturing household?

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