Study Reveals Kids w/ Gay Parents Healthier & Happier Than Their Peers
Findings from a recent study out of Australia reveals that the children of gay parents actually have better health and wellbeing than their peers!
From The Huffington Post:
Conducted by Australia's University of Melbourne, the new research aimed to "describe the physical, mental and social wellbeing" of children with gay and lesbian parents, and "the impact that stigma has on them." On average, children raised by same-sex couples scored six percent higher than the general population when it came to general health and family cohesion.
Meanwhile, in other categories -- such as behavior, mental health and self-esteem -- those children reportedly scored the same as those raised by heterosexual parents.
"It appears that same-sex parent families get along well and this has a positive impact on health," Dr. Simon Crouch from the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program, Centre for Health Equity at the University of Melbourne, told CNBC of the results.
Crouch believes that an emphasis on skills, as opposed to traditional gender roles, accounted for the survey's results.
"So what this means is that people take on roles that are suited to their skill sets rather than falling into those gender stereotypes," he is quoted as saying. "Whatthis leads to is a more harmonious family unit and therefore feeding on to better health and wellbeing."
You can read more about the new research here.
The study was made up of 500 children and included 315 parents in same-sex relationships.
Thoughts on the findings, Instincters?