-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
MONDAY, Jan. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers with lesbian
mothers are as well adjusted as their peers being raised by
heterosexual parents, according to a new study from the University
These teens reported having a good quality of life, despite
teasing or other stereotypes they may face.
"Adolescent offspring in planned lesbian families do not show differences in quality of life when compared with adolescents reared in heterosexual families," wrote researchers led by Loes van Gelderen.
In the study in the January issue of the
Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 78 teens with lesbian mothers living in the United States took an online survey about their quality of life. The researchers compared these with surveys completed by teens with heterosexual parents.
The study revealed all the teens had similar favorable views on
their quality of life, such as how well they got along with their
parents and how much they looked forward to the future, according
to a journal news release.
"Adolescents living with lesbian parents function as well as, or sometimes better than, those reared by opposite-sex parents," the researchers wrote.
Survey responses of the teens with lesbian mothers were not
affected by whether they knew who their biological father was or
whether their mother had changed partners since their birth.
Although about 40 percent of these teens admitted they faced
unfair or unkind treatment related to having a lesbian parent, that
did not affect how they rated their quality of life.
The researchers said schools should educate students on
diversity and enforce a no-tolerance for bullying policy, as
classmates were the most common source of this ridicule. "Such
changes to the educational system would benefit youths from all
family types," they concluded.
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