Children Raised By Lesbian Parents Show Less Behavioral Problems

We all know the role of fathers in the lives of their children. They play an important role in their overall growth as a human being as well. But, a big question on the role of fathers has arisen after a new controversial study, which says that the kids raised by the lesbian couples, grow up to make better individuals with less behavioral problems.

The kids raised in lesbian homes show less behavioral troubles than their peers. The study involved 78 lesbian couples, whose kids were conceived through sperm donation. The 25-year study was based on the questionnaires and interviews, which established the comfort of the kids.

Numerous gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy groups funded this unique study. However, these groups did not participate in the designing of the study, Dr. Nanette Gartrell, the study author informed.

She said, “This clear-cut statistical analysis has survived very scrupulous peer review by the people who decide whether or not to publish it.”

In 1986, the research started with the interviews of pregnant mothers. Later, they were again interviewed during the insemination process and as well as when their children were 2, 5, 10 and 17 years.

The Child Behavior Checklist, mainly used to calculate the social and behavioral problems of the kids, was used by the researcher Gartrell.

The responses from the kids were saved in a computer. Then, this data was analyzed and compared with the answers from the kids of non-lesbian parents.

The study revealed that the children from the lesbian families made higher scores in academics, social and total competence. Additionally, these children showed less rule- breaking nature as well as less hostile behavioral problem.

Since, all these pregnancies were planned; the participation of the mothers could clarify the conclusions. Gartrell said that these kids under study, are now of 18 to 23 years of age. All of the mothers had a planned pregnancy and they were waiting for having a baby. They were older enough and age is supposed to bring maturity and better parenting, she added.

In her study, the researcher concluded that the children, who were raised in the lesbian families, have grown up with better behavior because there were less power claim and more parental involvement of both the parents. Thus, the children grew up with healthier psychological adjustment.

Wendy Wright, president of the Concerned Women for America, has questioned the authenticity of the study. The objective of the study is also being questioned. Wendy said that few other studies have recommended that the kids grow up well when they have both a mother and a father.

So, it can be said that nothing particular can be concluded as of now!