A new US study has concluded that, ‘despite confronting heterosexism in a variety of social contexts – including the health care system, the legal system, and the school system – LGB parents and their children are functioning quite well.’
The study provided an overview of contemporary LGB-parent family research, looking at LGB families formed through adoption, surrogacy, donor insemination or previous opposite-sex relationships. It looked explicitly at LGB parenting and not trans-parenting, which the authors believe raise a different set of issues that are worthy of their own study.
Despite stating that LGB families are performing well, the study was critical of some research that has already been done in the field.
‘The research on LGB parenting is characterized by a variety of sampling – and methodological – related problems… the samples that are utilized in studies of LGB parents tend to be small, White, well-educated, and financially stable, and are often drawn from metropolitan areas. Thus, the representativeness of many of the findings is potentially limited, and much more research is needed…’
Areas needing further exploration include the experiences of working class and racial minority LGB-parent families, and LGB-parent families living in non-urban environments. In regards to this last point, the study highlighted findings from the 2010 US census that found, ‘same-sex couples are much more likely to have children in more socially conservative parts on the United States like the South.’
The study’s lead author is Abbie E. Goldberg, an Associate Professor of Psychology at Clark University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. The findings have been published by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law – a body dedicated to conducting independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.
You can read the full report here.
The report’s publication follows the news last month of a study by Australia’s Melbourne University, which concluded that the children of same-sex families score above average when it comes to health and wellbeing.