Defending the family

Study: children of homosexual parents have more than twice the emotional problems as children of traditional parents

Website Fellowship of the Minds is reporting :

Until recently, a long-standing conviction of sociologists is that children do better - as measured by their educational achievement, behavior problems, and emotional well-being - in married, heterosexual, two-parent households, when contrasted to single mothers, cohabiting couples, adoptive parents, divorced parents, and same-sex parents...

... However, one of the arguments by supporters of same-sex marriage is that children of same-sex parents don't do any worse than children of opposite-sex parents. Due to the Tyranny of Political Correctness, as well as flawed research methodology (e.g., small sample size), there's been a scarcity of scientific data on how children of same-sex parents fare.

As Michael Cook points out ... until recently nearly all studies of same-sex parenting were very small. One researcher found in a survey of 49 studies in 2010 that their mean sample size was only 39 children, and that only 4 of the 49 studies were random samples. The number of children being raised by same-sex couples is so small - 0.005% of American households with children - that capturing them in a random sample is like finding a needle in a haystack. The small and non-random samples, in turn, raise legitimate questions about the validity and generalizability of the studies.

But now, a study by Catholic University of America sociologist Donald Paul Sullins has overcome those methodological problems by employing more data than any previous study - a representative sample of 207,007 children, 512 of whom with same-sex parents, from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey.

Sullins writes in "Emotional Problems among Children with Same-Sex Parents: Difference by Definition" in the peer-reviewed British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science. that the two groups of children (same-sex vs. opposite-sex parents) were compared using twelve measures of emotional problems, developmental problems, and affiliated service and treatment usage, with controls for age, sex, and race of child and parent education and income...

...Sullins found that "Emotional problems were over twice as prevalent... for children with same-sex parents than for children with opposite-sex parents... Joint biological parents are associated with the lowest rate of child emotional problems by a factor of 4 relative to same-sex parents, accounting for the bulk of the overall same-sex/opposite-sex difference." The emotional problems included misbehavior, worrying, depression, poor relationships with peers and inability to concentrate.

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