A study on same-sex parents finds that sexual orientation is irrelevant when raising children

accreditation
"It doesn’t matter if a parent is a stepparent, or if they’re your grandma or your grandpa, or if they’re of different races or sexual orientations, gender identities... we all want the same thing. We just want our children to wake up and feel like it’s okay to smile." - Karamo Brown
"It doesn’t matter if a parent is a stepparent, or if they’re your grandma or your grandpa, or if they’re of different races or sexual orientations, gender identities... we all want the same thing. We just want our children to wake up and feel like it’s okay to smile." - Karamo Brown

A collaborative study conducted by the University of Amsterdam and the UCLA School of Law has revealed that parenting has less to do with the sexual orientation and more to do with a healthy parent-child relationship. 

The study analysed data from 190 households; half were made up of female same-sex parents and the other half, different-sex parents. 

Only homes where parents raised their children from birth were included. 

Researchers considered various factors, specifically "family relationships, parenting stress, and children's general health, emotional difficulties, coping behaviour, and learning behaviour."


Also see: Karamo's off-screen "modern family” will have you crying more than you do for Queer Eye

What's been your experience with raising children as a gay or lesbian parent? Share your story with us, and we could publish your mail. Anonymous contributions are welcome.


Same same 

Except for parenting stress, no differences were found among the 190 families surveyed regarding family relationships and child mental and physical well-being.

According to the study, parenting stress for same-sex couples originates mostly from "stigmatisation," with gay couples reporting "concerns about rearing their children in a homophobic society," as a major cause of anxiety. 

Another contributing factor to parenting stress, gay moms said, was the "pressure to justify the quality of their parenting," relying on parenting groups and therapy for support. 

Strained spouse/partner relationships more harmful to child outcomes 

The researchers found that what did impact children more than any other factors were strained relationships among parents and negative parent-child relationships, highlighting that when talking overall well-being, and academic performance, a healthy relationship between a parent and a child is essential, and regarding a child's mental health, a happy "spouse/partner relationship" is key. 

Chat back:

What's been your experience with raising children as a gay parent? Share your story with us, and we could publish your mail. Anonymous contributions are welcome.

Sign up for Parent24's newsletters.

Read more:

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24