Families are families. And the most recent batch of research about LGBT parenting, mostly coming out of the University of Kentucky, continues to conclude that the kids are all right. The latest studies focus on adoptive families as a whole. In , University of Kentucky developmental psychology professor Rachel Farr published her long-term findings — from years of following nearly adoptive families with kids from early to middle childhood. This long-term commitment was the only way to glean accurate and nuanced results, delivering a timeline rather than a mere snapshot of family life. Another study done by Farr, just released in the Journal of GLBT Family Studies , looks at gender-conforming behaviors in children of adoptive same-gender parent households.
Why Gay Parents May Be the Best Parents
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With gay marriage recently becoming legal, many same-sex couples are deciding to adopt children and form a family. Recently, I watched a show with Neil Patrick Harris on it where he was discussing his famously adorable husband and children. This led me to wonder: What is it like for those children? Is there a major difference in their upbringing that effects their childhood raising? Overall this association reports that most research leads to no difference in the children in terms of emotional functioning, sexual orientation, stigmatization, gender role behavior, gender identity, and learning American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Research Report on LGB-Parent Families
Although family relationships play a crucial role in the well being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer LGBTQ adolescents, few programs tackle stigma and discrimination within families, in part because of a lack of evidence on what works, researchers say. LGBTQ youth face higher risks for depression, suicide, substance use and homelessness, and those risks follow them into adulthood. The current study developed after the researchers conducted another study about HIV and young black men who have sex with men in New York City, Parker noted. They noticed that many of men were homeless when they were teenagers, and many described being rejected and sometimes bullied by their caregivers.
Those who oppose gay rights spend a lot of time worrying about how being raised by same-sex parents will damage kids. A new study found that children of homosexual parents are more likely to face hardships, but mainly because the law still discriminates against their families, not because same-sex couples are inherently incapable of raising a child. Shocking, right? The report by several gay rights groups, including the Movement Advancement Project, Family Equality Council and Center for American Progress, found that children of gay parents are just as healthy and well-adjusted as those raised by heterosexual parents.