Skip to comments.Analysis: New Study Did Not Prove That Gay Parents Are Better
Posted on 07/09/2014 9:41:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Several liberal media organizations are reporting the results of a new same-sex parenting study which suggests that gay parents do a better job of raising children than the general population. There are four imporant points to understand about that study, however.
Here are a few of the headlines:
CBS News: "Children of same-sex couples healthy, well-adjusted, study finds"
NBC News: "Children of Same-Sex Parents Are Healthier: Study"
The Huffington Post: "Children Of Gay Parents Are Happier And Healthier Than Their Peers, New Study Finds"
Vox: "Largest-ever study of same-sex couples' kids finds they're better off than other children"
The study, though, does not warrant the conclusions suggested by those titles.
"Parent-reported measures of child health and wellbeing in same-sex parent families: a cross-sectional survey," by lead author Dr. Simon R. Crouch at The University of Melbourne in Australia, was published June 21 by the journal BMC Public Health. The co-authors were Elizabeth Waters, Ruth McNair, Jennifer Power and Elise Davis. Power is affiliated with La Trobe University. The rest of the authors are at The University of Melbourne.
The study found that children of same-sex parents scored higher on measures of general behavior, general health and family cohesion than the general population of Australia. The study also measured how often the parents felt stigmatized for being gay. A high number of stigmas was negatively correlated with measures of the children's physical activity, mental health and family cohesion.
Here are four important points to understand about the study:
1) The study did not use a random sample.
To make a generalizable conclusion about a population, scientific studies need a large, probability sample of the population, sometimes called "random sample" or "representative sample." A probability sample means that those surveyed are representative of the general population.
The Crouch study was based upon a convenience sample, or non-probability sample. Participants for the study were recruited through gay and lesbian community email lists and ads posted in gay and lesbian press. This means that the participants volunteered for the study and were not randomly chosen from the population.
The sample had 315 parents of 500 children. Most of the children, 80 percent, had a female parent complete the survey. Eighteen percent had a male parent, while the remaining parents described themselves as "other gendered."
As stated in the study: "Every effort was made to recruit a representative sample, and from the limited data available about same-sex parent families it appears that the [study's] sample does reflect the general context of these families in contemporary Australia."
Convenience samples can be an important research tool when probability samples are difficult to achieve. They can also help researchers design better studies and help them resolve issues with their research before conducting large scale studies. Social scientists understand, however, that conclusions about a general population should not be drawn based upon a convenience sample.
2) The study did not compare same-sex parents to biological parents.
Previous studies have shown that kids do best when they are raised by their biological parents and those parents are married. The Crouch study, however, compares its convenience sample of children raised by same-sex parents to the general population, which includes those raised by single parents, step parents, foster parents and other same-sex parents.
The study cannot conclude, therefore, that children raised by gay parents have better or worse outcomes than children raised in two-parent heterosexual households.
3) The study relies upon parent-reported outcomes.
The health and well-being of the children are based upon what the parents say they are. While these measures are being compared to other parent-reported measures, there are reasons that gay and lesbian parents might overstate their outcomes at a greater rate than the general population.
The survey was conducted while Australia is debating redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. Part of that debate deals with child-rearing. Government recognition of marriage should only be for a man and woman, proponents of traditional marriage argue, because this arrangement is best suited for the raising of children, which is a public good.
It is in the interests of gay marriage supporters, therefore, to show that gay couples can raise children just as well as straight couples. The gays and lesbians who volunteered to participate in the Crouch study likely understood the significance of the study. As a result, they may have inflated their results more than the average parent. Additionally, gays and lesbians who are raising children with poor outcomes may have been reluctant to participate in the study for similar reasons.
4) Studies using probability samples show poor outcomes for gay parents.
Two recent studies that did use probability samples showed some poor outcomes for children of gays and lesbians.
Translation: They asked gay parents if their kids were okay, and they answered “yes” with the same frequency as heterosexual parents.
“Analysis: New Study Did Not Prove That Gay Parents Are Better”
That’s good news for folks who’d rather not be gay and still be the best parents they can be.
the baby doesn’t look very gay...
First of all, there are hardly any data to go on. This has only become serious in the last decade.
Second, tell that to one of my nephew’s friends. Black, no less. Mother “confessed” while he was young and divorced dad, then got herself a shack-up girl. He was not pleased about being a teenager with this woman around. “You’re not my father!” takes on a whole new meaning!
Frankly, the way he has turned out is not a feather in the cap of f-ags.
However, we know Liberals have thrown out all such objectivity long ago (Globull Warming) so who knows.
...Or very happy.
Analysis: New Study Did Not Prove That Gay Parents Are Better
Thats good news for folks whod rather not be gay and still be the best parents they can be.
I guess it’s also bad news for folks who were hoping to buy stock in gay day care centers given how such facilities would naturally be so much better equipped to churn out happier and healthier kids. </sarc>
Good job on the analysis. It is what I would expect. Liberals lie, children ...
The title suggests that child abuse by perverts is somehow not far removed from normal parenting.
Are Gay Parents Worse Parents?
A study finds same-sex households provide children with the least stability.
Yet Another New Study: Children with Same-Sex Parents Fare Worse
Those titles are contrary to all evidence.
What it showed was that some gay couples can do a good job of raising children (and some mom and pop families don’t.) That we already knew. Occasional examples do not disprove the general rule.
As a result, almost all sociologists are Marxists.
That was a nice, succinct debunking of this “study”. Thanks for posting it.
As a practical real-life example: an acquaintance of mine married a former lesbian who raised a son with her “partner.” My friend is tearing his hair out trying to induce some masculinity into the boy.
Wait a Gol darn minute...wasn’t this settled science???
I've never raised girls, but I'd guess that the same goes for the fairer sex, as well.
Anecdotally - my Mom is a extremely conservative and intelligent woman, with an extremely forceful personality - truly, a unique lady. She'd probably have done an adequate job with me on her own, but she'd also be the first to admit that she's no substitute for Dad.
It didn’t even prove that. It only proved that a self-select set of gay couples SAY they do a good job of raising children.
I recommend everyone buy and read this excellent book written in the 1950’s on statistics:
So they asked people how good of a job they were doing as parents and responders were brutally honest and objective. Hmmm. Okay.
“It didnt even prove that. It only proved that a self-select set of gay couples SAY they do a good job of raising children.”
Exactly. This “study” did what it was designed to: normalize the concept of homosexual couples raising children.
We have seen this kind of “study” for decades, both in “climate change” and in “gun control”.
Two gay women are better at raising a boy to be a man than the boy's own father?
I work in the schools and am well aware of the results of young teenage boys raised in homes without fathers.
A neutral Canadian study found worse life outcomes on many metrics, including educational attainment.
New Research on Children of Same-Sex Parents Suggests Differences Matter
that's what i meant... isn't that what gay means? :)
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