Bad news for those who believe homosexual parents can negatively affect their children: a study of 17-year-olds who were raised by lesbian mothers found that they did well in school, with grades ranging from A- to B+, and were overall happier with their lives.
The study, lead by Nanette Gartrell at the Williams Institute of UCLA, titled “Adolescents with Lesbian Mothers Describe Their Own Lives,” has been a 26-year-long process. Gartrell and her team studied 78 participants and just recently published their results in the Journal of Homosexuality.
Not only did the teenagers report having good relationships with their mothers, but they also shared with the researchers their strong relationships with other friends. Many reported feeling comfortable talking about their lesbian mothers, whom many considered their “role models.” In addition to their great grades, many planned to attend four-year colleges.
Gartrell added, “As a psychiatrist, I can say that these are the types of child-rearing outcomes that every parent hopes for.”
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