Children of same-sex parents are happier and have healthier familial relationships than their peers with parents in straight relationships, world’s largest study on the children of same-sex parents in Australia indicates.
The study on children of same-sex parents seems to strike a blow at those who oppose marriage equality on the grounds they believe it is harmful to families, and more than 500 children were included in the study out of Melbourne University.
Children of same-sex parents scored higher on a number of key indicators, researchers say of the study still underway. Aussie news sources summarize some of the important findings into the groundbreaking research done on the 500 children of gay parents as it continues:
“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.”
While researchers are still in the process of unpacking their findings on the children of same-sex parents participating in the study, lead researcher Dr. Simon Crouch spoke to what may be the “why” behind the findings thus far:
”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 … This fosters openness and means children tend to be more resilient. That would be our hypothesis.”
Another possible reason not mentioned by researchers is family planning, as children of same-sex parents generally do not arrive unplanned and some significant effort is generally undertaken by gay parents to add to their families.
Children of same-sex parents were also found to have generally high self-esteem in the study’s research.