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Lesbian family study flawed

Akilah Bolden-Monifa’s June 6 “Camera” guest opinion, “Study reveals same-sex parenting good for kids,” brought my attention to a longitudinal lesbian family study published recently in “Pediatrics,” the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The study set out to document the psychological adjustment of adolescents conceived through donor insemination by lesbian mothers from conception to adulthood. So, between 1986 and 1992, 154 prospective lesbian mothers volunteered for this ongoing study where the “offspring” provided the data through interviews and questionnaires, the mothers through interviews and Child Behavior Checklists.

The results are no surprise given the sources. They have a strong incentive to show themselves in “good light” and the mothers have “an enormous political incentive” to “ensure upbringing is exemplary,” as noted by Neil E. Whitehead, research assistant from New Zealand, in response to the study. Continue reading

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