Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Mark Regnerus finds a new bullshit study

Mark Regnerus has found another study that he likes. According to the embattled sociologist (via Witherspoon Institute's blog):
A new study released earlier this month in the journal Depression Research and Treatment contributes to mounting evidence against the “no differences” thesis about the children of same-sex households, mere months after media sources prematurely—and mistakenly—proclaimed the science settled.
I left the link intact. The fact that Regnerus, an orthodox Catholic, has a religious agenda plays no part in this. Of course not!  By the way, Regnerus claimed in April that a piece on this blog demonstrated how he was being persecuted. Regnerus goes on to explain:
Professor Paul Sullins, the study’s author, found that during adolescence the children of same-sex parents reported marginally less depression than the children of opposite-sex parents. But by the time the survey was in its fourth wave—when the kids had become young adults between the ages of 24 and 32—their experiences had reversed. Indeed, dramatically so: over half of the young-adult children of same-sex parents report ongoing depression, a surge of 33 percentage points (from 18 to 51 percent of the total). Meanwhile, depression among the young-adult children of opposite-sex parents had declined from 22 percent of them down to just under 20 percent.
That would be Father Paul Sullins, a Catholic priest at Catholic University. The title of the paper is: “Invisible Victims: Delayed Onset Depression among Adults with Same-Sex Parents.” I would also note that Depression Research and Treatment is published by Hindawi Publishing Corporation in Cairo, Egypt. It is an open access, single blind journal (reviewers are anonymous—authors are known to reviewers).

Sullins did not do original research. He massaged existing data from UNC's National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health to his liking. The notion that he found a representative sample of adults raised by same-sex couples is ludicrous.  Moreover, exactly where were these children raised by these supposed same-sex couples? Texas or Massachusetts?

According to UNC: The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health is a study of a nationally representative sample of adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States during the 1994-95 school year. The Add Health cohort has been followed into young adulthood with four in-home interviews, the most recent in 2008, when the sample was aged 24-32.

It looks like Sullins ended up with 20 people in his sample who were apparently being raised by same-sex parents 21 years ago. Obviously none of those parents were married. I have no idea how depression was diagnosed or by whom.

Bottom line: This is bullshit.

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