Kids With Gay Parents Have Greater ‘Family Cohesion and General Health’, According To New Study

Gay familyAnyone familiar with debate surrounding marriage equality is likely familiar with the "traditional family" argument. That is, those arguing against same-sex marriage commonly maintain that children supposedly "do better" when in a household with two parents of the opposite sex. Now, a new study, conducted by Dr. Simon Crouch of the University of Melbourne, seeks to address that very claim. The results may prove harmful to those advocating the so-called "traditional family". 

The Advocate reports:

"The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families, conducted at Melbourne University, collected data on the mental, physical, and social wellbeing of 500 children from around the nation up to the age of 17. The study also interviewed 315 gay, lesbian, and bisexual parents, asking them to complete the Child Health Questionnaire, which is recognized around the world. Preliminary results indicated that children of gay and lesbian parents were no different from their peers raised by straight parents in terms of physical and mental health, and in their interactions with others and their parents."

Interim results indicated that there was no noticeable difference between children of same-sex and opposite-sex parents in terms of physical health, mental health, or interactions with their parents. When it came to family cohesion and general health, children of same-sex couples actually managed to score higher than their counterparts who were raised by opposite-sex couples. The study indicated only one area in which children of same-sex couples did suffer, and that was when they were subject to discrimination based on their parents' sexuality.

According to PinkNews, this study is "the world’s largest of its kind on gay parenting." Dr. Crouch, and openly gay father of twin four-year-old boys, stated that he was prompted by the equal marriage and gay adoption debate, especially those arguing that children supposedly "did better" when raised by opposite-sex parents. He disagreed…

"Our research does not support this. There are a lot of same sex families where there isn’t a mother figure or there isn’t a father figure and we find that the children are doing really well."


  1. Francis #1 says

    Read this study a while ago but cool to see it posted here. And of course, not surprising, the results of this study. The life experiences we go through in our lives as non-hetero I would expect to have a definite impact (positively) on our abilities as parents.

  2. Lumpmoose says

    “There are a lot of same sex families where there isn’t a mother figure or there isn’t a father figure and we find that the children are doing really well.” — Yes, but the children will undoubtedly be open-minded and pro-equality, and that’s enough for fundies to say you’re unacceptable.

  3. Billy Crytical says

    It’s nice to see another study with good results for gay parents. However, it’s another survey. There have been less than five studies that have actually scientifically measured children of gay parents. All the studies have been very general and repetitive. There isn’t anyone looking at new ways to quantify the success of gay parents.

  4. selrahC says

    This should be obvious.

    Two gay parents are far more accepting of the things their children want to do. There probably aren’t many preconceived ideas about what their “child should do” when they get older.

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