Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Kids of lesbians have fewer behavioral problems, study suggests

This article entitled, Kids of lesbians have fewer behavioral problems, study suggests is excellent, and the study is to be published in the July issue of the esteemed journal Pediatrics.

Part of the above linked article reads as follows:

A nearly 25-year study concluded that children raised in lesbian households were psychologically well-adjusted and had fewer behavioral problems than their peers....

Children from lesbian families rated higher in social, academic and total competence. They also showed lower rates in social, rule-breaking, aggressive problem behavior.

"This study shows that the 17-year-old adolescents who have been reared by lesbian families are psychologically happy and high functioning," said Gartrell, a Williams distinguished scholar at the UCLA School of Law. Restrictions of child custody and reproductive technologies based on sexual orientation are not justified, she said.

Of course, homophobes won't accept any scientific findings, regardless of how sound the methodology and statistical analysis, that fly in the face of their preconceived prejudices.

Therefore, it is important to realize that such studies, and all rational arguments showing the normality of LGBT identity and expression, and LGBT-themed websites and blogs such as this one, and the many positive outcomes of the results of same-sex love and relationships, should affirm and embolden LGBT people, and not be seen as avenues to change any strident homophobe's mind!

Their is no reasoning with blind prejudice!
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Orual said...

I was so happy to see this study. Although as scientist I would have preferred that the control group be made up of heterosexual couples who had kids through in-vitro or another similar method only and that they had controlled for income/education lever, so that critics could never say "well it was because all the lesbians' kids were planned" or "well they were all highly educated and well off compared to the average heterosexual couple".

But still the results clearly show that children of lesbian couples do well in life by any measure.

Jerry Maneker said...

Hi Orual: I agree with you on all points, and it seems to me that those who think that a man and a woman as parents are best for a child have the obligation to present scientifically valid studies to prove their point.

It's love in the home that counts, and not the sex of the parents that determine the well-being of the child.

Best wishes, Jerry.