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    • Parents’ Sexual Orientation and Child Outcomes Is either better or worse?
    • History of the Research
    • Need to develop legal policy
    • Early Studies
    • Problems with the Research
      • Social Prejudice
      • Discrimination
      (Stacey & Biblarz, 2001)
    • Research now Birth Adopted
    • Sexual/Gender Identity Formation
      • “ are not more likely to be gay than children with heterosexual parents. “
      • “ do not show differences in whether they think of themselves as male or female (gender identity) or behaviors (gender role)”
      • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry / ACLU / APA
      • “ experience homosexuality as their first sexual encounter.”
      • “ are at a greater risk than children of heterosexual parents for becoming homosexual or bisexual.”
      • Family Research Institute / American Family Association
      • American College of Pediatricians / Focus on the Family
    • Social / Emotional Adjustment
      • are as well adjusted as children with heterosexual parents
      • are not more likely than children of heterosexual parents to develop emotional or behavioral problems.
      • are not more likely than children of heterosexual parents to experience difficulties in personal development (including personality, self-concept, and conduct).
      • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry / ACLU / APA
      • are more apt to be embarrassed by their homosexual parent(s), and be teased and taunted by their peers.
      • are more likely than children of heterosexual parents to develop emotional or behavioral problems.
      • are more likely than children of heterosexual parents to do poorly in school, get in trouble with the law, and become dysfunctional parents themselves.
      • Family Research Institute / American Family Association
      • American College of Pediatricians / Focus on the Family
    • Victimization
    • “ Homosexual Parents are more sexually promiscuous and more likely to molest their own children” Wardle (1997)
    • “ There is no evidence that homosexual parents abuse their children to a greater degree than heterosexual parents” Kimmel (2008)
    • Children of homosexual parents and teenager experiences
    • Findings No differences (Wainwright & Patterson, 2006)
    • Substance Abuse
      • find no notable differences between children reared by heterosexual parents and those reared by homosexual parents
      • Stacey, J. & Biblarz, T. J. (2001)
      • Children are at greater risk of losing a homosexual parent to substance abuse
      • Children are more likely to abuse substances due to the confusion their parents are creating because of their confusion over their own gender and sexual identity
      • Cameron, P. & Cameron, K. (1996)
    • Delinquency
      • Evidence indicates that children of lesbian and gay parents have normal social relationships with their peers and adults.
      • Children of gay and lesbian parents enjoy a social life that is typical of their age group in terms of involvement with peers, parents, family members and friends
      • Children might find a way to escape because they might feel embarrassed of having a homosexual parent which hinders their relationships with peers 
      • Cameron, P. & Cameron, K. (1996)
    • A more significant predictor Parent-Child Relationship (Wainwright & Patterson, 2006)