Since 1986, researchers working on something called the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS) have been following the children of lesbian moms to see how they fared. This week, the results were published in the (rather unfortunately named) Journal of Homosexuality .
What the researchers discovered was that, overall, the children were doing extremely well. Not only were they excelling in school, but most had close relationships with their parents and siblings. Additionally, the kids tended to see their moms as good role models, were open with others about the make-up of their families, and had a lot of friends. And what they weren't doing--namely getting in trouble with the law or dropping out of school--was pretty positive as well.
And that's just looking at them on their own. Compared to the average American teen, the children of lesbians sound even more impressive! As the authors of the study write, "At the age of 17, the NLLFS offspring were rated significantly higher in social, school and academic, and total competence, and significantly lower in social problems, rule-breaking, aggressive, and externalizing problem behavior than an age-matched normative sample of American youth."
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