According to a study published by the University of Melbourne, children raised by same-sex couples are healthier and happier than children raised by traditional families. Scientists conducted the study with 315 homosexual couples, mostly women, and 500 children.
It was stated that children with two mothers or two fathers were better than the general population in terms of health and family harmony. While children of same-sex families showed 6 percent better results than the general population in health and family adjustment, they were found to be the same as other children in terms of temperament and mood, behavior, mental health and self-confidence.
Gay scientist Simon Crouch, who has two children and led the study, said the study “looks at how family members get along with each other.” Crouch stated that “getting along with gay parents and their children has positive effects on the child’s health.”
The research, which had parallel results with previous studies, caused great controversy. Rosyln Phillips, researcher for Family Voice Australia, told ABC Radio Australia “I am not surprised that all parents involved in the study think their children are doing well.” And also he said that “When the child reaches puberty, it is necessary to look beyond this type of research and only then about the parents’ performance. We can make an independent assessment.”
The research is as much congratulated as it is criticized on social media and internet. “No same-sex couple noticed that they got up the next morning after getting drunk one night and accidentally filled in the documents required to adopt a child,” said a commenter on Fark.com.
However, the more problematic point of the issue remains that children may have to live with those who do not want to accept them. “Social stigma can occur in an overt and damaging way, through letters and similar means, or in the presence of bullying at school,” Crouch said, “According to our findings, the more social pressure these families face, the more affected the social and emotional health of the child “used the expression.
Actually there is no difference
The American Psychological Association prepared a report summarizing 67 empirical studies to be presented to experts and courts and shared this report with the public. It is estimated that there are between 1-9 million gay lesbian parents in America. These studies conducted in America and Europe with homosexual parents and their children show that the parental skills of gays and lesbians are not different from those of heterosexuals. While the majority of homosexual parents who work hard for their children and who are crazy for their children are in majority, there are also those who fail, just like heterosexual parents. But no studies show that homosexuals do worse on average than heterosexual parents. Rather, some studies show that gay parents do better. In addition, it is stated that there is no difference between the development, happiness and sexual orientation distribution of the children of these families and children who grow up in heterosexual families.