Study – Quality of Parenting vs. Sexual Orientation

Parenting – Interesting study for review. Let me know your thoughts.

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Virginia and George Washington University, has found that “it’s the quality of the parenting that creates a psychologically healthy child, not the sexual orientation of the parents”.

The study titled “Parenting and Child Development in Adoptive Families: Does Parental Sexual Orientation Matter?” appears in the August issue of the journal Applied Developmental Science is different from the other recent studies that have announced the same findings because” for the first time, research on the social development and psychological health of children was not based on the opinions of their parents alone but also of outside observers (teachers and care givers.) And, also for the first time, a control group of heterosexual families was used.” The study focused on preschoolers who were adopted at birth by 27 lesbian couples, 29 gay male couples and 50 heterosexual couples.

Another major difference is that for the first time the researchers conclude that their new findings should lead to the end of existing bans on adoption by same-sex couples in the United States. “From a policy perspective, our results provide no justification for denying lesbian and gay adults from adopting children,” Rachel H. Farr and Charlotte H. Patterson, of the University of Virginia, and Stephen L. Forssell of George Washington University stated.

Currently, there are three states that have an explicit ban on same sex couples adopting, Florida, Mississippi and Utah. There are 29 states, plus the District of Columbia, that explicitly allow such adoptions with the rest of the states having laws with ambiguous language neither banning nor permitting same sex couples to adopt.

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