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Study: Children Raised By Lesbian Parents Fare Better Than Those In Opposite-Sex Households

It will likely take decades to undo the harm inflicted by the discredited Mark Regnerus "study" of same-sex parenting, but a new report from the Williams Institute works fast and hard to unravel Regnerus' myths. 

According to UCLA researchers in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, adolescents with continuously-coupled lesbian parents had higher self-esteem and fewer conduct problems than adolescents with continuously-coupled opposite-sex parents. 

Windy City Times has more background on the specifics of the study: 

The study compared 51 adolescents who have been participating in the Dutch Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study ( DLLFS ) with a matched group of adolescents in heterosexual-parent families who were drawn from a large school-based survey in the Netherlands. The two groups of adolescents were matched on age, gender, educational level, country of birth, and parental birth country. By including only families with continuously-coupled parents, the study controlled for factors that might adversely affect outcomes, such as parental divorce.

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The DLLFS is the longest-running and largest prospective investigation of lesbian mothers and their children in the Netherlands. Initiated by Dr. Bos in 2001, the DLLFS examines the social, psychological, and emotional development of the children as well as the dynamics of planned lesbian families

The study, "Lesbian and Heterosexual Two-Parent Families: Adolescent-Parent Relationship Quality and Adolescent Well-being," was conducted by Loes van Gelderen, PhD ( University of Amsterdam ), Henny M.W. Bos, PhD ( University of Amsterdam; Williams Institute Visiting International Scholar, 2012 ), and Nanette Gartrell, MD ( Williams Institute Visiting Distinguished Scholar, University of Amsterdam; www.nllfs.org ), and appears online in the current issue of the Journal of Child and Family Studies.

"By controlling for variables that might otherwise impact child outcomes, this study provides further evidence that raising children in families headed by same-sex couples is not a significant predictor of adolescent-parent relationships or of a child's psychological adjustment," said Principal Investigator Henny Bos, PhD.

Though Regnerus' flawed "study" didn't control for single or divorced parents—the main source of its failure—I won't hold my breath waiting for those who exalt Regnerus to replace their data with the stats espoused in this vastly more scientific paper.