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New research suggests that children of same-sex parents are NOT more prone to psychological problems

A new research paper refutes an earlier study’s claim that children of same-sex parents are more likely to experience psychological problems. The latest study, The US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS), headed by Dr. Henny Bos and Dr. Nanette Gartrell, gathered testimonials from 78 teenagers to determine whether the lack of a male role model affected the psychological well-being of children of lesbian couples. They found that neither the presence nor absence of a father figure impacted the teenagers’ gender development or psychological well-being. Their longitudinal study tracked the progress of children of lesbian couples from conception to their teenage years. According to Dr. Gartrell, “The adolescents are doing very well”.

This is in stark contrast to a recent controversial study from the University of Texas by Dr. Mark Rengerus, which claimed that children of lesbian parents had difficulties later in life.

See our section on LGBT parenthood here.

Read more about Dr. Bos and Dr. Gartrell’s NLLFS at their website.

Read a summary of the two studies:

Children of lesbian couples not affected by lack of male role models [Daily Mail]



One Response to “New research suggests that children of same-sex parents are NOT more prone to psychological problems”

  1. David says:

    I was raised by two (lesbian) women, and although I already knew that being raised by two women (or men) doesn’t in and of itself have any negative effect on psychological well-being, it’s great to see that there are studies out there to prove it! It is still unbelievable to me that same-sex relationships/marriage is still such a heated topic. I can certainly say that I was raised in a loving household, with two amazing & caring parents, and I’m all the better off for it.

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