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    (CNN) -- A nearly 25-year study concluded that children raised in lesbian households were psychologically well-adjusted and had fewer behavioral problems than their peers.

    The study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, followed 78 lesbian couples who conceived through sperm donations and assessed their children's well-being through a series of questionnaires and interviews.

    Funding for the research came from several lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy groups, such as the Gill Foundation and the Lesbian Health Fund from the Gay Lesbian Medical Association.

    Dr. Nanette Gartrell, the author of the study, wrote that the "funding sources played no role in the design or conduct of the study."

    "My personal investment is in doing reputable research," said Gartrell. "This is a straightforward statistical analysis. It will stand and it has withstood very rigorous peer review by the people who make the decision whether or not to publish it."

    Gay parenting remains a controversial issue, with debates about topics including the children's psychological adjustment, their parents' sexual orientation and adoption restrictions.

    Wendy Wright, president of the Concerned Women for America, a group that supports biblical values, questioned the legitimacy of the findings from a study funded by gay advocacy groups.

    "That proves the prejudice and bias of the study," she said. "This study was clearly designed to come out with one outcome -- to attempt to sway people that children are not detrimentally affected in a homosexual household."

    Gartrell started the study in 1986. She recruited subjects through announcements in bookstores, lesbian events and newspapers throughout metro Boston, Massachusetts; San Francisco, California, and Washington.

    The mothers were interviewed during pregnancy or the insemination process, and additionally when the children were 2, 5, 10 and 17 years old. Those children are now 18 to 23 years old.

    They were interviewed four times as they matured and also completed an online questionnaire at age 17, focusing on their psychological adjustment, peer and family relationships and academic progress.

    To assess their well-being, Gartrell used the Child Behavior Checklist, a commonly used standard to measure children's behavioral and social problems, such as anxiety, depression, aggressive behavior and social competence.

    The answers were coded into a computer and then analyzed. This data was compared with data from children of nonlesbian families.

    The results surprised Gartrell.

    "I would have anticipated the kids would be doing as well as the normative sample," she said. "I didn't expect better."

    Children from lesbian families rated higher in social, academic and total competence. They also showed lower rates in social, rule-breaking, aggressive problem behavior.

    The involvement of mothers may be a contributing factor, in addition to the fact that the pregnancies were planned, Gartrell said.

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    The children "didn't arrive by accident," she said. "The mothers were older... they were waiting for an opportunity to have children and age brings maturity and better parenting."

    This also could have occurred because "growing up in households with less power assertion and more parental involvement has been shown to be associated with healthier psychological adjustment," Gartrell wrote in the study.

    Some of the teenagers reported being stigmatized by peers because of their parents' sexuality. Researchers compared the figures in terms of the psychological adjustment between children who had experienced stigma versus those who did not.

    "We found no differences," Gartrell said. "That leads us to asking why and how are young people managing discrimination? That will be the topic of future papers. We'll look into what the ingredients are to allow them to cope despite adversity."

    Gartrell studied only lesbian families, because circumstances surrounding gay male families are different. Gay men becoming fathers is newer in comparison with lesbians, because their options have been limited to adoption or surrogacy. Lesbians often conceive through donor insemination.

    "This study shows that the 17-year-old adolescents who have been reared by lesbian families are psychologically happy and high functioning," said Gartrell, a Williams distinguished scholar at the UCLA School of Law. Restrictions of child custody and reproductive technologies based on sexual orientation are not justified, she said.

    Wright questioned the objectivity of Gartrell's research, saying the author can "cherry pick people who are involved and the info they release."

    "In essence, this study claims to purport that children do better when raised by lesbians," she said.

    Studies have shown that children thrive having both a mother and a father, Wright said.

    "You have to be a little suspicious of any study that says children being raised by same-sex couples do better or have superior outcomes to children raised with a mother and father," she said. "It just defies common sense and reality."
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    Well apparently I'm feeling negative tonight...


    The involvement of mothers may be a contributing factor, in addition to the fact that the pregnancies were planned, Gartrell said.
    Duh. Did you think to maybe control for that? No?

    The children “didn't arrive by accident,“ she said. “The mothers were older... they were waiting for an opportunity to have children and age brings maturity and better parenting.“
    Phew, almost missed an opportunity to perpetuate negative stereotypes about young mothers!

    “You have to be a little suspicious of any study that says children being raised by same-sex couples do better or have superior outcomes to children raised with a mother and father,“ she said. “It just defies common sense and reality.“
    Idiot.

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    LOL! Messed up, huh? I don't think you're being negative. Just thinking in 'common sense and reality'.

    Are there studies that correlate young mothers and behavioral problems in their kids? Maybe she should, ya know, reference them.

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    LOL! There are. There are also studies that don't. It's very controversial.

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    Well I think it's clear that lesbians are superior and of course the studies bear that out. The rest of you should really stop breeding. And don't be bitter, mamabear. The facts are laid out pretty clear mmhmm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by myrrah View Post
    Well I think it's clear that lesbians are superior and of course the studies bear that out. The rest of you should really stop breeding. And don't be bitter, mamabear. The facts are laid out pretty clear mmhmm?
    myrrah, as usual, made me laugh so hard i had to catch my breath. *grin*
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    Quote Originally Posted by myrrah View Post
    Well I think it's clear that lesbians are superior and of course the studies bear that out. The rest of you should really stop breeding. And don't be bitter, mamabear. The facts are laid out pretty clear mmhmm?
    LOL! Well as far as I can tell she just studied lesbian couples... So unless there's a Mrs Myrrah we're not aware of...

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    Are you suggesting lesbians take over future raising of populations? Cause, I hear through the lesbian grapevine that there are some craxy lesbians out there.

    lol

    Not always, but I do think it makes a difference in larger studies as to whether kids were a surprise, or well planned. A surprise can be tough to deal with. DD1 was a surprise, DD2 wasn't, DD2 was easier the first year.
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    Ah denial denial denial, just look at yourselves justifying all over the place.

    I think we know facts are facts people. And they may have just looked at lesbian couples, but check out my kids! They are teh awesome! In fact they organized the Wortley Village Gathering on the Green this year and tomorrow they start bricklaying for a new school. So really.

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    Interesting. That's a pretty long study... Wonder if the lady who doesn't believe it because it was funded by gay interest groups realizes that the drug studies are funded by the drug companies....

    The comments about age are a bit ridiculous though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by myrrah View Post
    Ah denial denial denial, just look at yourselves justifying all over the place.

    I think we know facts are facts people. And they may have just looked at lesbian couples, but check out my kids! They are teh awesome! In fact they organized the Wortley Village Gathering on the Green this year and tomorrow they start bricklaying for a new school. So really.
    In that case, I'm sending my kids right over, suitcases in hand. Work the lezy magic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lhastie View Post
    Interesting. That's a pretty long study... Wonder if the lady who doesn't believe it because it was funded by gay interest groups realizes that the drug studies are funded by the drug companies....
    Er, was she offering her own money to fund the studies? I am taking a wild guess that, no, she wouldnt put her money towards such a study. So who would? Of course its going to be those with a vested interest in the subject. And its not as though the people funding the study would stand to gain financially from it the way drug companies gain from drug studies. So their motives for funding the study are to promote acceptance of gay couples becoming families. Yeah, next up, world domination

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    Ok I am trying not to stereotype too much here... and for the record I think teen moms, poor moms, and any kind of moms are great.

    It's just that all the lesbian couples I know are pretty highly educated (and more wealthy than average). I do realize not all of them are...but I was wondering if socioeconomic issues would have an effect on the study.
    I have 4 boys ages 7, 5, and 3 and newborn

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    What could be better then 1 Mom,



    well 2 of course

    Myrrah, I'm sending Noah over next week, just keep him away from the crazy one

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    Quote Originally Posted by britmum View Post
    Ok I am trying not to stereotype too much here... and for the record I think teen moms, poor moms, and any kind of moms are great.

    It's just that all the lesbian couples I know are pretty highly educated (and more wealthy than average). I do realize not all of them are...but I was wondering if socioeconomic issues would have an effect on the study.
    I think socioeconomic issues have more to with kids being “well adjusted“ than whether or not their parents have a vag/wang or vag/vag combo.

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