Monday, November 15, 2004

Take That, Dr. Dobson

Apparently it’s okay for Heather to have two mommies in terms of social development.

Teenagers of same-sex female parents develop as well as the children of opposite-sex parents, a new study says.

It also says that good quality family relationships are more important contributors to successful development than family type.

The study by Charlotte J. Patterson of the University of Virginia also indicates that teenage offspring of same-sex couples have similar dating and romantic relationship behaviors as children of opposite-sex couples.

Patterson and her colleagues based their research on a sample of 12- to 18-year-old adolescents from 88 families. Forty-four of the study participants were parented by same-sex female couples and 44 were parented by opposite-sex couples. The groups were matched by demographic characteristics.

On measures of their psychosocial adjustment and school results, such as grades and test scores, both groups had similar results.

The research was published in the November/December issue of the journal Child Development. []

In other words, teenagers grow up the same way no matter what gender their parents are. Which means they have to put up with the same storms of adolescence as everybody else. And if that doesn’t make them a family, nothing does.