• Five to 17-year-olds with gay parents have ‘significantly better’ general health and greater family cohesion
  • May be because they communicate to address problems of discrimination and bullying

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Emma Innes

09:47 EST, 6 June 2013


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10:52 EST, 6 June 2013

Children aged five to 17 who live with gay parents have 'significantly better' general health than those with heterosexual parents

Children aged five to 17 who live with gay parents have ‘significantly better’ general health than those with heterosexual parents

Children with same-sex parents are healthier than those with heterosexual parents, new Australian research suggests.

Children aged five to 17 who live with gay parents have ‘significantly better’ general health than those with heterosexual parents.

There is also greater family cohesion in families led by same-sex parents, the research shows.

Researchers at the University of Melbourne, in Australia, studied 500 children aged between one and 17 as part of The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families.

For general health and family cohesion children aged 5 to 17 years with same-sex parents showed a significantly better score when compared to Australian children from all backgrounds and family contexts.

The children of same-sex couples scored so much higher for general health that researchers said it would only occur by chance less than 1 in 10,000 times.

However, for all other health measures, including self-esteem and emotional behaviour, there were no statistically significant differences.

Currently, the researchers do not know why the children of same-sex parents have better general health and family cohesion.

The lead researcher on the study, Dr Simon Crouch, told The Sydney Morning Herald: ‘Because of the situation that same-sex families find themselves in, they are generally more willing to communicate and approach the issues that any child may face at school, like teasing or bullying.

‘This fosters openness and means children tend to be more resilient. That would be our hypothesis.’

Families led by a same-sex couple tend to have greater family cohesion than those led by a heterosexual couple. This could be because they communicate to address problems of discrimination and bullying

Families led by a same-sex couple tend to have greater family cohesion than those led by a heterosexual couple. This could be because they communicate to address problems of discrimination and bullying

The news comes just days after it was revealed that children adopted by same-sex couples do just as well as those adopted by heterosexual couples.

A study carried out by the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Family Research found that children with same-sex parents are not disadvantaged in life and that most do not suffer bullying.

Professor Susan Golombok, director of the Cambridge centre and report co-author, said: ‘What I don’t like is when people make assumptions that a certain type of family, such as gay fathers, will be bad for children.

‘The anxieties about the potentially negative effects for children of being placed with gay fathers seem to be, from our study, unfounded.’

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Maybe because gay couples had to be very serious and dedicated to have the child in the first place- so the sample is uneven as mixed couple babies come from all people chracters and can be accident kids.
Plus family cohersian because gay couples wouldnt have as much support and would 1 feel the need to prove their right to be parents and 2 make an effort because their lil family may be all they have

jay
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bham,
07/6/2013 00:19

what a load…..i wonder what gay lobby group Sponsored this study? i am not a bigot but what ever became of the traditional nuclear family that has existed for thousands of years? one father is good two fathers is better……right?

Dark Stanley
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san diego, United States,
07/6/2013 00:19

Then let them have their own kids oh wait a minute they can’t and why because it’s not natural.

vote-ukip
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Lancashire,
07/6/2013 00:17

Gay parents have — No they don’t HAVE they look after someone else’s children, they cant have children. Only a man and a women can HAVE a child. As for one previous comment, sorry but is the Gays who need to get over themselves not the straights.

Chris
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Sidmouth,
07/6/2013 00:16

So heterosexual couples are worse parents then. They can make them but are somehow inferior at raising them. Bit of a put down to heterosexuals to suggest their children are less well adjusted? I think all parents do the best they can for their own children, according to their means, apart from a small minority. By whose values is this measured and how many homosexuals parents were in this study? Are homosexuals now seen as the bench mark? Are we all to be negatively compared? Surely if the findings had been negative to homosexuals they would state it was a homophobic. exercise. This looks like a funny sort of equality to me. Would this study’s findings be publicised if it had come out with the opposite result? Is it not too soon to know? Sounds like propaganda to me.

Earlthecat
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Fareham,
07/6/2013 00:12

The only difference being: gay couples choose to have children, and are still a small minority of parents. There is so much difference in parenting among Herero couples that to narrow it down like this as “research” is misleading.

Marianne
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Sherwood Forest, United Kingdom,
07/6/2013 00:11

Maybe they are less argumentative because they are more submissive to the dominant male in the family? Just a hypothesis?

Twostars_83
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Roving, United Kingdom,
07/6/2013 00:11

nicer soft furnishings…

truebrit
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Plymouth,
07/6/2013 00:09

I agree Iv nannyed for many families and 3 of them were same sex the children are more placid and the parents couldn’t be more loving and normal , everyone has the right to be a parent. I’m a strong believer it’s not who or which sex brings up the child as long as its done in the right environment. In this day and age no one has the right to judge the other.

believer
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Sydney,
07/6/2013 00:08

Hmm now there’s an oxymoron, I wasn’t aware Gay people ‘had children’

Bigdlondon
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London, United Kingdom,
07/6/2013 00:08

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