Thursday, June 10, 2010

Traditional Families...

This is good news and support for those considering adoption...

A new study concludes that children raised by lesbian parents do fine socially, psychologically and academically and, in fact, may be better adjusted than children brought up in “traditional” families.  According to Us News and World Report, the 20-year study followed 78 pairs of lesbian mothers from their pregnancies and found that their children, now in their adolescence, “demonstrate healthy psychological adjustment."

When compared to peers, children of lesbian mothers were found to have “fewer social problems, and less aggressive and rule-breaking behaviors than other teens” – which is not what anti-gay activists would have predicted.

“One of the things that opponents of the equalities of gays and lesbians — in marriage, parenting, adoption and foster care — often bring up is the so-called gold standard of parenting, which defined by them is the traditional family where children are conceived in traditional ways and not through insemination or surrogates,” said study author Dr. Nanette Gartrell. “But, when we compared the adolescents in our study to the so-called gold standard, we found the teens with lesbian mothers were actually doing better.”  The study attributes the healthier adjustment of these children to the commitment of their mothers. “”The outcomes here were very clear. These are families in which the mothers were very committed, involved and loving,” said Gartrell.

Gartrell expects similar results among children of gay men – “another group of very committed parents.”

Gatrell’s findings are set to be published in the July issue of Pediatrics.

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