Monday, August 01, 2016

The Children of Gay Dads Are Well Adjusted and Doing Just Fine: STUDY

Posted by Shane Smith, Editor, Stonewall Gazette

Via Newsweek:
We’ve heard it before, but another study couldn’t hurt, right? New research from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that children of gay fathers are just as well adjusted as their peers born to straight parents. In preliminary findings published Saturday, pediatrician Ellen C. Perrin of Tufts Medical Center and her research team compiled survey responses from 732 gay fathers in 47 U.S. states about their children. Of these dads, 88 percent said it was "not true" that their child is unhappy or depressed, whereas in a federal survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of parents in the U.S., 87 percent said the same of their children. Similarly, while 75 percent of the parents in the federal survey said that their child “does not worry a lot,” 72 percent of the gay dads said the same. All in all, the numbers nearly line up. And in some cases, these dads are raising happy kids against the odds:

Perrin’s research found that 33 percent of the dads reported encountering “barriers to sharing custody of their children.” Another 41 percent ran into pushback trying to adopt a child, and 18 percent encountered it while using surrogacy to have a baby. READ MORE

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