Lesbians Make Better Parents, Says New Longitudinal Study

Last month, Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, published the results of a U.S. national longitudinal study measuring the psychological adjustment of 17-year-old adolescents raised by lesbian couples.

These adolescents were rated “significantly higher” in social and academic competence and “significantly lower” in problem behavior than their counterparts in a standard normative sample of American youth (known as the “Achenbach” sample). The means by which these children came into their families (e.g., adoption, artificial insemination, surrogate fathers) made no difference in the results. Nor did it matter whether the lesbian parents were still together or separated during the study. 

The study has huge implications for public policies regarding not only same-sex parenting but same-sex marriage.

Read the full report here.

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