|Thursday, 05 July 2012 11:36|
New research by Dr Mark Regnerus, from the University of Texas, published in the¬†Social Science Research journal, has shown that the best environment for children is to be¬†raised¬†by their married, biological mother and father in an intact family. Dr Regnerus interviewed 3000 young adults from ages 18-39 about their childhood and upbringing. He compared those raised by two married heterosexual parents with other family contexts - included those headed by a lesbian or homosexual.
The following comments are posted on our 'Same-sex parenting' page:
Differences in outcome - same-sex parents and intact biological families
He measured 40 outcomes and found significant differences - the research shows that children do best when raised hy their¬†mother and father - their two biological parents - who are married to each other. For example, on the question of whether they had been touched sexually by a parent or an adult, the response was 23% for those raised by a lesbian mother compared to just 2% for those raised in an intact biological family. On the question of ‚Äėever forced to have sex against their will‚Äô, it was 31% for those with a lesbian mother, and 25% for those raised by a homosexual father, compared to 8% for those raised in an intact biological family. Those raised by homosexual parents had higher rates of drug use, arrest and unemployment.
Read the full Report: How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study by Mark Regnerus.
Analysis of the claims made by the APA brief of same-sex parenting
The APA brief claimed "Not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents‚ÄĚ. Dr Marks examined that assertion and the 59 published studies cited by the APA to support the claim.¬†His conclusion is that¬†"strong assertions, including those made by the APA, were not empirically warranted." He examines the small sample sizes, self-select nature, and bias in the studies. Of particular interest is the fact he notes, that one researcher, lesbian Charlotte Patterson, was the author of the APA report's "summary of research findings". Hardly independent!