Longest Study Yet Finds Adult Kids of Lesbian Moms Are Doing Fine

U.S. News  World Report
by Amy Norton
July 18, 2018

 

Young adults raised by lesbian moms show the same mental well-being as those who grew up with heterosexual parents, a new study suggests.

The findings, published in the July 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, come from the largest, longest-running study to track development of kids in “planned lesbian families.”

The study has been following the same group of moms and offspring (conceived through donor insemination) since the 1980s. Over the years, the study has found that those kids are faring as well as — or even better than — other U.S. kids their age.

These latest findings show that’s still true in young adulthood, a time when mental health conditions like depression or anxiety disorders often emerge, said lead researcher Dr. Nanette Gartrell.

“They’re psychologically very healthy, even during this vulnerable time of life,” said Gartrell, a visiting scholar at the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

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