Contrary to arguments against same-sex parenting, a University of Melbourne study has found that the children of same-sex parents fare just as well or even better than counterparts with opposite-sex parents.
The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families collected data from 325 same-sex parents with a total of 500 children. Of the parents, 80 percent were female couples and 18 percent were male couples.
Children with same-sex parents matched the general population on measures such as temperament and mood, mental health, emotional role, and self-esteem. In general behaviour, general health, and family cohesion, the researchers discovered that children with same-sex parents scored six percent higher than the general population.
Lead researcher Simon Crouch stated in a news release that what contributes to harmony in families with same-sex parents is the departure from traditional gender definitions.
“We know that same-sex attracted parents are more likely to share childcare and work responsibilities more equitably than heterosexual parent families, based more on skills rather than gender roles," he said. "This appears to be contributing to a more harmonious household and having a positive impact on child health.”
Nonetheless, Crouch cautioned that two-thirds of children with same-sex parents continue to experience discrimination due to their parents being of the same sex, which can have an impact on mental and emotional wellbeing.