Are studies on homosexual parenting flawed

Homosexual Parents: Really "No Differences?"

Children of same-sex parents are often mentally unstable. They have behavioral and developmental problems and have problems with their sexuality. ”What the“ Deutsches Ärzteblatt ”described as social“ prejudices ”in 2009 has turned out to be a reality that the German media have kept silent about. At that time, the so-called “Bamberg Study” under the direction of the Bavarian State Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg certified that children from “rainbow families” had a positive development and normal academic and professional careers. Since then, this study has always been used to argue that sexual diversity and child adoption by same-sex couples should be given greater social acceptance. Recent studies with data sets from the United States and Canada have shown that the results presented by the Bavarian scientists are on a very shaky footing.

The ones in the volume “No Differences? How Children in Same-Sex Households fare "(" No differences? How children in same-sex households fare ") printed and summarized studies by different researchers prove with their reviews of relevant studies on the subject that the supposedly scientific claims of the indifference between same-sex and heterosexual Parents have strong methodological deficiencies and impermissible assumptions. A closer look at the data sets leads to completely different conclusions. In his New Family Structures Study (NFSS) published in 2011, the sociologist Mark Regnerus presents “new and comprehensive empirical evidence that there are differences between children of same-sex couples and children raised by their biological married parents”.

Regnerus criticized earlier studies, for example, of the small samples, which were also not selected at random: the data was collected via a "convenience sample", a random sample selection due to easy availability, for example through advertisements in lesbian magazines. He also cites the inadequate comparability of children's groups in earlier studies as a major point of criticism: These had "compared families with homosexual parents with single-parent families, divorced families or blended families", and thus precisely not with normal biological families, which sociologists say the best and most stable basis for normal child development. Or “a selected and often socio-economically privileged group of families with gay or lesbian parents with a broad, representative selection from the general population” and thus apples and pears were compared.

Other studies also come to similar results. In a study by the American Psychological Association (APA) on lesbian and homosexual parenting, Loren Marks found that a small, non-representative sample selection was also carried out here: In short, the 59 studies selected by the APA did allegedly all came to the conclusion “no differences”, only to the effects of homosexual parenthood “on children who were cared for by well-educated, white, lesbian women from the middle to upper class”. Only a few of these studies used a heterosexual comparison group that "consisted entirely of single parents, most of whom were single mothers". Here, too, a comparison group of children from normal biological families was noticeably missing. In addition, Marks complains that the aspects examined in earlier studies mainly related to less socially relevant consequences for the children, such as "sexual orientation and sexual identity, sexual role behavior or psychosexual assessment", instead of concerns that are really important for society such as “Poverty, academic education and / or gainful employment, serious crime, drug / alcohol abuse or suicide”.

With regard to the different educational opportunities that children from diverse family structures have, Douglas W. Allen and his colleagues come to interesting results in the study "High school graduation rates of children from same-sex households": namely that children from normal biological families, So “from households with married opposite sex do best, children from households with lesbian mothers do worst”, and the children from households with homosexual fathers find themselves somewhere between these extreme values. And in another study, Allen, Catherine Pakaluk, and Joseph Price conclude that the children of heterosexual couples "are 35 percent more likely to go through normal school development than children from same-sex families, which is again a statistically significant difference".

All studies listed in the volume “No Differences?” That criticize earlier studies, after correcting the results (for example by taking into account children from intact families), come to the conclusion that there are significant differences between children from same-sex families and those from other family structures, which clearly contradicts the current thesis that is widespread in the media that there are “no differences”. One can assume that most of the media in this country will ignore these results. They do not fit into the one-sided thinking or into the - new German and especially applicable to public broadcasters - “framing”.

The family association of Catholics in the Diocese of Augsburg (Pfarrer-Kessler-Str.17, D-86554 Pöttmes) has just had some of the detailed "summaries" of the relevant studies translated with the aim of passing them on as a contribution to balanced information and as an aid to argumentation.

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