Printer Icon

Kids of Lesbian Parents Show No More Problem Behavior than Those of Heterosexual Parents


Source: The Williams Institute
Published: 2015-02-06 - Updated: 2015-08-31
Summary: Dutch adolescents raised in planned lesbian-parent families do not show significant differences in problem behaviors compared to adolescents raised in heterosexual-parent families.


Dutch adolescents raised in planned lesbian-parent families do not show significant differences in problem behaviors compared to adolescents raised in heterosexual-parent families, according to a new study co-authored by researchers at the University of Amsterdam and The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. Yet even though in 2001 the Netherlands was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, some adolescents in this study reported being stigmatized for having lesbian mothers.

"Previous studies on adolescent psychological adjustment found few differences between American and British offspring in same-sex female-parent families and their counterparts with heterosexual parents," said Dr. Loes van Rijn-van Gelderen, principal investigator of the study. "The American and British results have now been replicated and expanded upon in the Netherlands."

Key findings from the report include:

"Strengths of this study are that the Dutch adolescents with lesbian and heterosexual parents were matched on gender, age, parental education, parental ethnic cultural background, and parental relationship status, and then compared through data gathered from two standardized instruments – the Child Behavior Checklist completed by the mothers and the Youth Self-Report completed by the adolescents," said Dr. Nanette Gartrell, Visiting Distinguished Scholar with the Williams Institute.

These results suggest that same-sex parents could benefit from guidance in teaching their children how to respond effectively to potential homophobic stigmatization. During routine health assessments, clinicians should ask questions about experiences with stigmatization so that they can recommend relevant support services. Adolescents in countries that are less accepting of LGB people than the Netherlands may be at even greater risk for stigmatization.

Titled "Dutch Adolescents from Lesbian-Parent Families: How Do They Compare to Peers with Heterosexual Parents and What is the Impact of Homophobic Stigmatization?" the study matched a sample of 67 Dutch adolescents who were raised in planned lesbian-parent families with 67 adolescents from heterosexual-parent families. The sample of adolescents with lesbian mothers was derived from an ongoing longitudinal study on planned lesbian families in the Netherlands (the Dutch Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study), which was initiated in 2000. The comparison group of adolescents with heterosexual parents was derived from the Zuid-Holland Longitudinal Study.

This information is from our Same Sex Couples - News and Information section - Full List Here.

Related Topics





Send us your coming events & LGBT related news stories for publishing on SexualDiversity.org

Same-sex Couples Do Not Influence Their Adoptive Children's Gender Identity


No Difference in Outcomes Among Children Raised by Same-Sex and Different-Sex Parent Families


Anglican Attitudes to Same-sex Relationships May Be Softening



In July 2017, President Donald Trump announced, "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US Military..."


While non-LGBT students struggle most with school classes, exams, and work, their LGBT peers say the biggest problem they face is unaccepting families.


District of Columbia residents can now choose a gender neutral option of their drivers license.


80% of gay and lesbian youth report severe social isolation and 42% of people who are LGBT report living in an unwelcoming environment.


According to the Williams Institute about 46% of those in same-sex relationships have college degrees. This may not sound particularly surprising until you consider that the number for heterosexual couples is close to 30%.


80% of gay and lesbian youth report severe social isolation and 42% of people who are LGBT report living in an unwelcoming environment.

Gay Daughter Unmasks Her Coming Out Story


Sexual Pleasure - Women Report Diverse Preferences


Study Raises Concerns About Trump Agenda For LGBTQ Students


Cite This Document