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Same-sex couples can be effective parents, researchers find

January 21st, 2010 12:00 am by Staff Report

USA Today is reporting that children raised by same-sex couples appear to do as well as those raised by parents of both sexes. The report cites an international research review that challenges the long-ingrained belief that children need male and female parents for healthy adjustment.

"It's more about the quality of the parenting than the gender of the parents," says Judith Stacey of New York University, co-author of the comprehensive review. It will be published Friday in the Journal of Marriage and Family

Sociologists Stacey and Timothy Biblarz of the University of Southern California-Los Angeles, spent five years reviewing 81 studies of one- and two-parent families, including gay, lesbian and heterosexual couples. "No research supports the widely held conviction that the gender of parents matters for child well-being," they conclude.

"Children being raised by same-gender parents, on most all of the measures that we care about, self-esteem, school performance, social adjustment and so on, seem to be doing just fine and, in most cases, are statistically indistinguishable from kids raised by married moms and dads on these measures," Biblarz says.

Read the full report at the USA Today Web site.

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