Study: Kids of Same-Gender Couples Are Healthier

By Chris Hoenig

Study: Kids of Same-Gender Couples Are HealthierKids raised by gay parents are in better overall health and score higher in measures of family cohesion than other children, throwing ice water on the theory that having same-gender parents is harmful to kids.

The study, billed as the largest of its kind, failed to find any statistically significant differences in other health measures between kids raised by gay or straight parents. Same-gender couples and their children, however, do continue to face discrimination in a variety of ways, according to the preliminary report.

The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families, or ACHESS, tracked the health and well-being of 500 kids between the ages of 0 and 17 and their 315 parents, who identify as members of the LGBT community. It includes single gay parents, as only 93 percent of the adults in the survey reported being in a relationship. The study also included children who are not native Australian; 15 percent of the kids were born outside of Australia and 11 percent speak a language other than English at home. Eighty percent of the surveys returned were filled out by a female parent, 18 percent by a male and 2 percent by someone who identifies as another gender.

The full study is due out by September.

While the results of this study can be seen as encouraging, the discrimination faced by these children and their parents is no surprise. Earlier this year, DiversityInc released our Global Diversity Research report, which found that while progress is being made, inequalities remain for the LGBT community around the world. Most of the progress in acceptance for this population has come in Western Europe, including in the United Kingdom, which has approved same-gender marriage nationwide.

As communities continue to catch up to acceptance, you can learn more about how to create positive environments and inclusive populations on BestPractices.DiversityInc.com, our subscriber-only site. Hear from global CEOs and leaders who have implemented successful strategies on including LGBT employees and also their families.

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4 Comments

  • Am I going to be the only one to call BS on this? Not because it’s favorable to LBGT but because it’s premise is explicitly anti-heterosexual. It’s one thing to be in favor of equal treatment and non-discrimination, it is an entirely different thing to turn around and claim that LGBT is “better” or “healthier”.

  • ‘Eighty percent of the surveys returned were filled out by a female parent, 18 percent by a male and 2 percent by someone who identifies as another gender.’

    I notice no-one thought about actually asking the children themselves, or better yet asking any adults who had been brought up in one of these households?

  • BeYourself22

    “The study, billed as the largest of its kind, failed to find any statistically significant differences in other health measures between kids raised by gay or straight parents.”

    That’s what the article says. it didn’t say it was anti-heterosexual. It’s just trying to say that there wouldn’t be anything wrong with the child that is raised by any kind of sexual orientation…yes, they could’ve asked the kids if they were happy or not, but that wouldn’t make any difference…if you’re able to evaluate and study from afar and notice these real interactions, then that’s good enough. and any article, for anything at all, lacks certain qualities, but it doesn’t mean it’s not valid.

    I do agree, they should’ve changed the title, instead of “healthier kids”…because every household is different, gay or straight.. and it should be more openminded to show the equality for everyone, not just gay or straight. It’s already bad enough that homosexuals aren’t allowed to marry and now people say they are unfit to parent, to love another person, to care of them. It’s hard enough. The article is trying to give people hope and we shouldn’t tear anyone down for that..but and we ALL need to show more understanding and compassion on both ends.

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