Do same-sex parents spend enough time with their children?

Findings suggest that parental investment in children is possibly greater in same-sex couples as for different-sex couples.

Findings suggest that parental investment in children is possibly greater in same-sex couples as for different-sex couples.

Findings suggest that parental investment in children is possibly greater in same-sex couples as for different-sex couples.

Findings suggest that parental investment in children is possibly greater in same-sex couples as for different-sex couples.

A new study by the University of Texas suggests that same-sex parents spend more time with their children than different-sex parents.

Based on U.S. Census Bureau data from over 40,000 parents, the study found that families headed by two mothers spent the most amount of time together — in fact, they spent 40% more time with their children than parents spend on average.

Study author Kate Prickett says, “Our findings support the argument that parental investment in children is at least as great — and possibly greater — in same-sex couples as for different-sex couples.”

The study of American families by The Population Research Center at UT also analyzed the type of time parents spent with their children. For example, it didn’t count time children were playing alone while parents happened to be around, time watching television, or other passive activities. Instead, the study focused on time spent studying, playing, bathing, and even attending appointments with doctors.

“Our study suggests that … children with two-parents-of-the-same-sex families received more focused time from their parents,” Prickett says. 3.5 hours a day, compared with 2.5 hours by children with different-sex parents.”

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