In a recent press release, Alliant International University said that a new study in the Netherlands confirms other U.S. studies. Children of lesbian couples are well-adjusted and do well. Lesbian mothers are more satisfied with their lives than heterosexual mothers. They undertook the study to see if the results would be the same, or different from U.S. studies.
Lesbians are more satisfied with motherhood
The study found that biological mothers who were lesbians were far more satisfied with their partners as a co-parent than heterosexual mothers. Their children were well adjusted.
The survey said that lesbian couples, “are more committed as parents than are heterosexual fathers, that is, they display a higher level of satisfaction with their partner as co-parent and spend more time on child care and less on employment.”
Lesbians get more help with housework
The survey also found that lesbian couples spent more time doing household chores, parenting, and less time working than heterosexual fathers. The differences were more reflective of the different approaches that men and women have towards housework, child rearing, and time spent with children, not sexual orientation.
“The findings in the Dutch study are identical to those in a very large number of U.S. studies. Children do well in loving families, regardless of whether there are two moms or a mom and a dad involved,” said Robert-Jay Green PhD, director of Rockway Institute, a research center for GLBT issues.
Other associations support equal treatment of lesbian parents
Due to the findings of surveys like this one, several organizations are supporting equal treatment of families that may be headed by GLBT couples. The organizations include the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association.
How the study was conducted
Over 100 heterosexual and lesbian couples were involved in this study. Children, ages 4 through 8, had been with these families since birth. The groups of children consisted of nearly as many boys as girls.
Researchers made observations, lesbian and heterosexual parents kept diaries, completed questionnaires, child adjustments were noted and parental characteristics were measured.
The Rockway Institute is concerned with the overall treatment of GLBT in society. They have a team of scientists studying issues related to GLBT life. One of their goals is to shape public opinion, policies, and programs by the facts about GLBT lives.
They would like to expand their studies to include research similar to children raised by lesbian mothers to the effects on children when gay male couples raise them.
Located in San Francisco, Rockway Institute is affiliated with Alliant International University. The California School of Professional Psychology and the United States International University formed the university in 1991.