Study: Same-Sex Parents Raise Children With 'Above Average Health'

Monday, 07 Jul 2014 12:49 PM

By Jennifer G. Hickey

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Children raised in households led by same-sex parents have "above average health and well-being," a new study by Australian researchers said.

According to lead researcher Dr. Simon Crouch of the Jack Brockhoff of Child Health and Wellbeing at the University of Melbourne, children raised by same-sex couples scores that were on average 6 percent greater than the general population on measures of general health and family cohesion.

"These children are growing up in a range of family contexts formed in a range of ways; from previous heterosexual relationships, to assisted reproductive technologies and same sex co-parenting arrangements," Crouch said in a press release announcing the study's findings.

Crouch said part of the reason for the higher grades was that "same-sex attracted parents might be more likely to share child care and work responsibilities."

On a majority of the measures used to assess health and well-being, including temperament, behavior, mental health, and self-esteem, the study reported that "children [of same-sex households] were equivalent to children from the general population." In addition, children in same-sex families face challenges as they grow older due to the impact of stigma on their mental and emotional well-being.

A 2013 study conducted by Canada's Iona Institute for Religion and Society Children found that teens raised in households with same-sex parents were approximately 60 percent as likely to graduate from high school than teenagers from opposite sex marriage families.

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