Who knew not having a father in the household could turn out to be a good thing? Gay moms are getting a great boost from a new study.
Teens with lesbian parents tend to do better in school and lead happier lives, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that 17-year-olds with two moms had high school GPA averages of A-minus to B-plus, according to the study, entitled “Adolescents with Lesbian Mothers Describe Their Own Lives.”
The teenagers also had strong family bonds and described their moms as good role models.
“These kids were planned and their lesbian mothers were very engaged in parenting,” Nanette Gartrell, lead researcher for the Williams Institute of UCLA study, told CBS Las Vegas.
Gartrell and her colleagues tracked 78 participants for a period of 26 years before publishing their results in the Journal of Homosexuality.
“At the end of high school, the teens tell us that they have excellent grades, feel connected to their families and friends, and admire their parents,” she added.
The researchers also found that the teens were comfortable telling friends that their parents are lesbian.
“They teach me to be accepting of all people on this earth, no matter what differences they may have,” wrote one of the 38 adolescent boys surveyed, according to the study.
Gartrell said she was pleased by the results.
“As a psychiatrist, I can say that these are the types of child-rearing outcomes that every parent hopes for,” she said.
Is this shocking news? Anybody surprised that this is the case?