Preliminary results of a study from the University of Melbourne, the Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families, show that the children raised by same-sex couples fare at least as well in emotional development as children of heterosexual parents, and by some measures a bit better.
Children of same-sex parents are doing as well or better than the rest of the population on a number of key health indicators.
That is the initial finding from the world’s largest study on the children of same-sex parents, under way at Melbourne University.
The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families collected data on 500 children nationwide, up to the age of 17.An interim report found there was no statistical difference between children of same-sex couples and the rest of the population on indicators including self-esteem, emotional behaviour and the amount of time spent with parents.
However, children of same-sex couples scored higher than the national average for overall health and family cohesion, measuring how well the family members get along…
”Because of the situation that same-sex families find themselves in, they are generally more willing to communicate and approach the issues that any child may face at school, like teasing or bullying,” lead researcher Dr Simon Crouch said.
”This fosters openness and means children tend to be more resilient. That would be our hypothesis.”
That result certainly doesn’t surprise me. Facing discrimination and hostility can be a very bad thing, but it can also draw people closer together if handled well.