Parent-child interaction styles between gay and lesbian parents and their adopted children. While the data are available, this work does not account for the duration of time spent in same-sex mother families or any other type of family. Brittany is a social worker for a New Jersey agency and Joseph is employed in the human resources department of St.
How can one reconcile these significant findings with the widely publicized studies showing no harmful effects to children who have, or have lived with, lesbian or gay parents? Major flaws exist in the vast majority of studies published before on this subject Marks including the fact that they relied upon small, nonrepresentative samples that are not representative of children in typical homosexual families in the United States.
In none of the 59 published studies were the definitive claims substantiated.
Further, the gender composition of the household focuses on children under age, the age of 18 who are living with their parents at the time of interview and exclude parents of older children or those who are nonresidential.
Similarly, in the research done by Biblarz and Stacey, in 31 of the 33 studies of two-parent families, it was the parents who provided the data, which consisted of subjective judgments. Marriage and child well-being: Research and policy perspectives.
They would be deprived of the experience of either fatherhood or motherhood. Sullins D. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice.
Research published in Marquardt et al. A very brief summary of findings on the mothers' unique and crucial role in childhood development would include these points:. In a analysis Sullins c , studies, which recruited samples of children in same-sex unions, showed that As quoted above Regnerus a himself claims these data are not to be used to assess the well-being of children or adolescents.
Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health.