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World’s largest study of children of LGBT parents finds kids are thriving

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

MELBOURNE — The world’s largest study on the welfare of children of same-sex parents, currently under way at Melbourne University in Australia, found that children of gay and lesbian are doing as well as, or better than, children of heterosexual parent in a number of key health indicators.

The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families (ACHESS) was designed to explore for the first time the complete health and well-being of Australian children with same-sex parents, and in particular the impact that anti-gay discrimination has on them.

ACHESS collected data on 500 children aged 0-17 years from 315 index parents.

According to the study:

  • For 80 percent of the children a female parent completed the survey, 18 percent were completed by a male parent, with 2 percent having a Transgender parent;
  • These parents describe a range of sexual orientations including homosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer;
  • 93 percent of parents are currently in a relationship;
  • The children come from all states and territories in Australia, with the exception of the Northern Territory;
  • 15 percent of children were born overseas and 11 percent speak a language other than English at home;
  • On measures of general health and family cohesion, children aged 5 to 17 years with same-sex parents showed a significantly better score when compared to Australian children from all backgrounds and family contexts. For all other health measures there were no statistically significant differences.

The study also found that Australian children with same-sex parents and their families continue to face discrimination in a variety of contexts.

“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,” said lead researcher Dr Simon Crouch.

“This fosters openness and means children tend to be more resilient. That would be our hypothesis,” he said.

The study interim results are available here and the ACHESS website and further information is available here.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. Thank you very much!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 8:08pm
  2. What’s that, you say? Kids don’t need to see a nuclear heteronormative family in order to feel fulfilled? What really matters in a child’s development is that they feel loved and supported by their parents or guardians?

    Gee, who would have guessed? What a radical find!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 8:10pm
  3. Exactly xD

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 8:29pm
  4. No surprise here, children raised with love, support and a parent or parents who listen will always be healthier and happier.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 8:52pm
  5. Gee, what a shock….news flasH: kids raised in loving home, doing just fine…film at 11.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 8:57pm
  6. Don’t worry, I’m pretty sure the researchers conducting the study are about as wildly not surprised as the rest of us. :p

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 9:08pm
  7. makes sense to me!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 10:12pm
  8. Any child with love, support, acceptance will thrive despite their parents sexual orientation! Love is love!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 11:59pm
  9. DUH!!!

    Kids need, as a general rule, love and attention. If they can get that from a mom and a dad, they’ll do fine. If they can get that from a parent and a stepparent, they’ll do fine. If they can get that from a single parent, they’ll do fine. If they can get that from gay parents, they’ll do fine!

    Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 2:47am
  10. Well duh! Lol

    Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 4:36am
  11. read my last article on LGBT rights in Kyrgyzstan

    Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 8:37am
  12. Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 8:37am