Friday, June 11, 2010

Pediatrics study gives favorable report on teens raised by lesbian mothers

The Washington Times is, to say the least, a best skeptical about “equal rights for gays,” but on p A5 of the Friday June 11 paper (at the beginning of Pride DC weekend) has a story by Cheryl Wetzstein, “Study finds teens raised by lesbians are well-adjusted; skeptics call data ‘unreliable’”, link here.  The study appears to apply to single-mother households and households with lesbian couples.

Kevin Nix, director of Communications, and Jennifer Chrisler of the Family Equality Council announced the results of the study in Pediatrics in a June 9, 2010 press release here.  (Don't mix this organization up with the Family Research Council! The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has criticized the study.

The actual study in Pediatrics (from the AAP, or American Association of Pediatrics) has some part online, here. The authors are Nanette Gartrell and Henny Bos, with the results accepted in May 2010, title “US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study: Psychological Adjustment of 17-Year-Old Adolescents.” There are three letters so far published, some of which suggest that other factors like educational factors may be in play.

Anecdotally, I have heard of one case of a son of a lesbian mother accepted at the Naval Academy.

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