The New England Journal of Medicine is a distinguished publication that is revered for its in-depth peer-reviewed articles. As such, it is often quoted when researchers are able to produce note-worthy results after years of collecting data through investigative efforts. One such study may finally bring validation to same-sex families here in New York that shows no correlation between children raised by same-sex parents and any mental health deficits.
The study was undertaken in the 1980s and recruited dozens of families that were composed of same-sex parents. It was prompted by calls from judges and child placement workers who were seeking information that could help them decide whether placing children in LGBTQ families would result in any long-term negative consequences. The study required periodic reviews of the mental health development of the children who were selected to participate in the ground-breaking research.
The youngest of those children recently turned 25, and according to researchers, none have displayed any ill-effects emotionally or mentally that can be attributed to being raised by two mothers. Normally, a study that showed no changes to the subjects would not be published in the NEJM, but this one merited such publication due to the misconceptions that have surrounded the subject of same-sex families. One of the main reasons that former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy gave for approving marriage equality was to provide stability to children whose parents were unable to marry due to the current law.
Researchers have admitted that the study mostly consisted of data from white, well-educated sources and may not accurately portray the experiences of lower-income or minority families. However, the data shows there appears to be no mental health issues for children who are raised in a same-sex family. New York residents who are seeking to adopt a child or have any issues related to family law and their same-sex status may benefit from seeking guidance from an experienced attorney.