The Shoddy Business of Lesbian Parenting Studies

Posted on | December 23, 2011 by Wendy Wright |

A recycled story is making the rounds again that a “parenting advisor” in the UK proclaimed “Lesbians make better parents than a man and a woman.” It’s conjectured that he based his declaration on a few studies that had been touted by media.

But what he and the media fail to divulge is that studies on homosexual parenting have been notoriously shoddy and pervasively biased.

One study that got a lot of attention a few years ago had the official-sounding title “The U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study.” It followed lesbian parents over 25 years and reported that the kids were well-adjusted and had fewer behavioral problems than their peers.

Who evaluated the kids?

The lesbian parents.

Who labeled them well-adjusted?

The researcher, whose funding for the survey came from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy groups.

The mothers were interviewed over the 25 year period, beginning at pregnancy or the insemination process, then when the children were 2, 5, 10 and 17 years old. The children were interviewed at 10-years old and did an online survey at 17 years old.

The lesbian couples were self-selected, recruited in higher-income, high-education areas, were overwhelmingly Caucasian, and nearly all in the Northeast and West of the U.S. The comparison group was a cross-section of the U.S. population.

Family Research Council released a very helpful investigation of studies like this in “Homosexual Parenting: Placing Children at Risk.” Officials and reporters really ought to read it before repeating, or making policies on, claims that defy common sense and human experience.



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