Supportive families help children to flourish ‘no matter what their structure’

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By Emily Dugan
March 12, 2015

Children brought up by two mothers, two fathers or single parents fare no worse than those from traditional families, according to a major Cambridge University study which challenges conservative parenting assumptions.

Susan Golombok has brought together more than 35 years of research into modern families from around the world to examine the outcomes for children. She concludes: “Children are most likely to flourish in families that provide love, security and support, whatever their family structure; and prejudice and discrimination are bad for children, whatever their family structure.”

Her findings undermine centuries-held assumptions that the traditional pairing of a man and woman represents the gold standard for bringing up children.

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