Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New Study: Parents' sexual orientation is unrelated to children's adjustment

A new study     Predictors of Psychological Adjustment in Early Placed Adopted Children With Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Parents     published in the Journal of Family Psychology concludes:

Family type (i.e., parent sexual orientation) was unrelated to children’s adjustment.

According to researchers Abbie E. Goldberg, JuliAnna Z. Smith:
Family type is not a predictor of a child’s psychological adjustment among early placed adopted children with lesbian, gay or heterosexual parents. An estimated 16,000 same-sex couples are raising more than 22,000 adopted children in the U.S., and these findings indicate that these children will likely fare no differently, as a result of their family type, than those being raised by heterosexual parents. This study examines aspects of the pre- and post-adoptive contexts in relation to child adjustment in 120 two-parent adoptive families (i.e., 40 female same-sex, 35 male same-sex, and 45 different-sex couples who adopted their children). All 120 couples were adopting their first child, and in all cases it was a single child under the age of 1.5 years.
Read more at Williams Institute

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