While many of us won’t be surprised by the finding, the study is a major breakthrough, given that there is relatively little research into the wellbeing of children raised by male couples. In recent years, several studies have shown that children raised by lesbian parents are likely to be emotionally, socially, academically and vocationally successful, but research hasn’t been conducted to the same extent with same-sex male couples.
For Ashley Scott, who is raising two daughters with his 44-year-old partner James, this study is particularly meaningful. “This research has a very important impact for the gay community,” says Ashley. “For LGBTIQ people without children, it shows that having children is an option, and the kids are alright. For LGBTIQ parents it reaffirms what we already know – that we are doing just as good a job as the next family.”
Paediatrician Ellen Perrin and her team at Tufts Medical Centre in Boston conducted the online survey with 732 gay fathers in 47 states, and compared these responses to those of heterosexual dads in the 2006-2010 National Survey on Family Growth. The findings provide a rich insight into the experiences of gay fathers.
Children raised by gay dads are just as well-adjusted as those from traditional families. Image via iStock.
Perhaps most significantly, there was no difference between the parenting activities of gay dads, compared to straight dads. There was also no difference in perceived well-being of their children.