Children of same-sex parents are doing as well or better than the rest of the population on a number of key health indicators.
That is the initial finding from the world’s largest study on the children of same-sex parents, under way at Melbourne University.
The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families collected data on 500 children nationwide, up to the age of 17. Of the 315 gay, lesbian and bisexual parents who completed the globally-recognised Child Health Questionnaire, 80 per cent were women.
An interim report found there was no statistical difference between children of same-sex couples and the rest of the population on indicators including self-esteem, emotional behaviour, and the amount of time spent with parents.
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