Teenage children of same-sex parents are growing up as well-adjusted as their opposite-sex raised peers, a new study has found.
According to study results published in the journal Child Development, teenagers raised in gay or lesbian families are more affected by the level of closeness they feel to their parents than by their parents’ sexual preferences.
If parents are supportive and maintain close relationships with them, teenagers are more likely to be successful and happy at home and at school, researcher Charlotte Patterson told 365gay.com.
The results reflected the answers of 88 12-18 year old Americans from a mix of gay and straight families of similar income and age. Respondents from both backgrounds reported similar results in terms of school results and psychological well-being.
Those who reported a close relationship with their mother were better adjusted overall, the study found.
The study also found children raised by same-sex parents were no more or less likely to have had a romantic or sexual relationship in the previous year.

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