Hey, well now look at this. A study from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and University of Virginia has found that the sexual orientation of an adopted child’s parents isn’t what matters most when raising a child, but rather how the parents worth together is most important.
The study compared gay, straight, and lesbian couples who had all adopted a child within a few weeks of being born after they’d been parents for three years. The study observed how the couples divided labor, with straight couples defaulting to more traditional roles, and same-sex couples shared the childcare more equally. It was found this difference in childcare did not have any impact on behavioral problems in the children.
Researcher Rachel Farr says harmony is what matters:
FARR: While actual divisions of childcare tasks such as feeding, dressing and taking time to play with kids were unrelated to children’s adjustment, it was the parents who were most satisfied with their arrangements with each other who had children with fewer behavior problems, such as acting out or showing aggressive behavior. It appears that while children are not affected by how parents divide childcare tasks, it definitely does matter how harmonious the parents’ relationships are with each other.
Healthy people in healthy relationships breed healthy kids. Who’d-a-thunk-it.
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