A meta-analysis of developmental outcomes for children of same-sex and heterosexual parents

Alicia Crowl, Soyeon Ahn, Jean Baker

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Abstract

While there has been a recent upsurge in the number of studies related to children raised by gay and lesbian parents, the literature in this area continues to be small and wrought with limitations. This study presents a meta-analysis of the existing research and focuses on the developmental outcomes and quality of parent-child relationships among children raised by gay and lesbian parents. A total of 19 studies were used for the analysis and included both child and parent outcome measures addressing six areas. Analyses revealed statistically significant effect size differences between groups for one of the six outcomes: parent-child relationship. Results confirm previous studies in this current body of literature, suggesting that children raised by same-sex parents fare equally well to children raised by heterosexual parents. The authors discuss findings with respect to the implications for practitioners in schools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-407
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of GLBT Family Studies
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Children
  • Developmental outcomes
  • Gay and lesbian parents
  • Heterosexual parents
  • Meta-analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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