11th July 2012 | by MFC Team
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: