Los Angeles – In a new study by the Williams Institute, researchers found that 25-year-olds raised by lesbian parents do as well on multiple measures of psychological health as adults from a population-based sample. The researchers compared relationships, educational/job performance, and behavioral, emotional, and mental health problems in the two samples. The report, “National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study – Mental Health of Adult Offspring,” appears in the New England Journal of Medicine and is co-authored by Nanette Gartrell, Henny Bos, and Audrey Koh.

The longest-running prospective study on sexual minority parent families has utilized 25-year-old participants in the ongoing US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS), which has followed the same cohort of offspring from conception to adulthood. Researchers focused on mental health because the peak incidence of many psychiatric disorders occurs during young adulthood. The NLLFS, now in its 32nd year, has a 92% retention rate.

“When I began this study in 1986, there was considerable speculation about the future mental health of children conceived through donor insemination and raised by sexual minority parents,” said Gartrell. “We have followed these families since the mothers were inseminating or pregnant and now find that their 25-year-old daughters and sons score as well on mental health as other adults of the same age…. These findings demonstrate that claims that it is harmful for children to be raised by same-sex couples are completely unfounded,” added Bos. “There is no justification to restrict child custody or placement, or access to reproductive technologies, based on the parents’ sexual orientation.”

Ten states, including Alabama, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia allow state-licensed child welfare agencies to refuse to place and provide services to children and families if it conflicts with their religious beliefs, the Institute reported.

More info at Williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu. t (Q Notes Online – Lainey Millen at Goqnotes.com/60770/u-s-world-research-study-shows-mental-health-of-young-adults-with-lesbian-parents-the-same-as-their-peers)

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