The kids are OK

24 October 2017

Children raised in same-sex parented families do as well emotionally, socially and educationally as children raised by heterosexual couple parents, according to a large group of paediatricians and adolescent health experts writing in the Medical Journal of Australia.

A comprehensive research analysis of peer reviewed research was done by researchers at Murdoch Children's Research Institute, the University of Melbourne, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, the Royal Children's Hospital, Victorian Clinical Genetics Services, and the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland. This provides accurate, objective interpretations of the best available evidence.

These findings have been replicated across independent studies in Australia and internationally over three decades. The researchers noted that although some studies suggested children with same-sex parents did better than other children, that may reflect high-quality parenting, socio-economic status and family stability within the same-sex parents studied.

“It is family processes (eg, parenting quality, parental wellbeing, the quality of and satisfaction with relationships within the family), rather than family structures (eg, the number, gender, sexuality or cohabitation arrangements of parents), that make a more meaningful difference to children’s wellbeing and positive development,” the authors wrote.
 Professor Rachel Skinner,a teaching and research clinical academic in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, Sydney University, and Adolescent Physician at the Children’s Hospital Westmead, is a co-author.

This supports the need to ensure the well-being of the family unit in whatever form it takes as this supports the positive development of children and young people.

See the Medical Journal of Australia abstract.

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