Rats, we’re doin’ it all wrong…

This month in the June issue of Pediatrics – the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics – there was a study published by Drs. Gartrell and  Bos of the NFLLS.  That’s the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study.  To quote the article:

The objective of this study is to document the psychological adjustment of adolescents who were conceived through donor insemination by lesbian mothers who enrolled before these offspring were born in the largest, longest running, prospective, longitudinal study of same-sex–parented families.

The children were evaluated and rated at the ages of 10 and 17.  The study is ongoing, with a 93% retention rate to date.

Current results and conclusions:

RESULTS: According to their mothers’ reports, the 17-year-old daughters and sons of lesbian mothers were rated significantly higher in social, school/academic, and total competence and significantly lower in social problems, rule-breaking, aggressive, and externalizing problem behavior than their age-matched counterparts in Achenbach’s normative sample of American youth. Within the lesbian family sample, no Child Behavior Checklist differences were found among adolescent offspring who were conceived by known, as-yet-unknown, and permanently unknown donors or between offspring whose mothers were still together and offspring whose mothers had separated.
CONCLUSIONS: Adolescents who have been reared in lesbian-mother families since birth demonstrate healthy psychological adjustment. These findings have implications for the clinical care of adolescents and for pediatricians who are consulted on matters that pertain to same-sex parenting.                                                           Pediatrics 2010;126:000

Reaction has been widespread and mixed.  While the implications are fantastic for issues like, for example, court custody cases, not everyone thinks it’s such a great thing.

From the Website “Surviving the World”  (which is a fun site, by the way, worth checking out:

Colbert Nation took it a little further … as you can see here.

Well, to use my teenage daughter’s verbal style,  I guess all I can say is….oops.  We got it wrong.


One Response to “Rats, we’re doin’ it all wrong…”

  1. apartments for rent boston Says:

    Thanks for this post. I definitely agree with what you are saying. I have been talking about this subject a lot lately with my father so hopefully this will get him to see my point of view. Fingers crossed!

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