Presentation Title

The Advantages of Gay Parents: Examining the Outcomes of Children of Same and Different-Sex Parents

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented the Saturday of the conference

Location

IB 1020

Start Date

24-3-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

24-3-2018 3:15 PM

Abstract

According to Statistics Canada in 2015, approximately 0.8% of couples are of the same sex, and there are approximately 10,000 children living with a same-sex couple. At this time, there are no Canadian studies examining outcomes of children raised by same-sex parents compared with children raised by different-sex parents. Given that mental health, physical health and educational outcomes among children from Western nations are generally comparable, it follows that data from multiple American, European, and Australian studies may be expected to predict trends for outcomes in Canadian children. This paper reviewed international studies on various outcomes of children of same-sex parents, and applied the findings in a Canadian context. Specifically, outcomes of children with same-sex versus different-sex parents on measures related to three broad categories: psychological well-being, physical health, and education were reviewed.

After adjusting for socioeconomic factors such as income and education, no significant differences are discernible in health and development between children of same-sex couples versus children of different-sex couples. Additionally, some scholars have noted that children of same-sex couples outperform their peers on matters of education and civic engagement. Perceived differences between the two groups are more likely attributable to secondary factors such as parental income, level of education, and parental engagement with their children.

Department

Sociology and Anthropology

Faculty Advisor

Monica Sanchez-Flores

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The Advantages of Gay Parents: Examining the Outcomes of Children of Same and Different-Sex Parents

IB 1020

According to Statistics Canada in 2015, approximately 0.8% of couples are of the same sex, and there are approximately 10,000 children living with a same-sex couple. At this time, there are no Canadian studies examining outcomes of children raised by same-sex parents compared with children raised by different-sex parents. Given that mental health, physical health and educational outcomes among children from Western nations are generally comparable, it follows that data from multiple American, European, and Australian studies may be expected to predict trends for outcomes in Canadian children. This paper reviewed international studies on various outcomes of children of same-sex parents, and applied the findings in a Canadian context. Specifically, outcomes of children with same-sex versus different-sex parents on measures related to three broad categories: psychological well-being, physical health, and education were reviewed.

After adjusting for socioeconomic factors such as income and education, no significant differences are discernible in health and development between children of same-sex couples versus children of different-sex couples. Additionally, some scholars have noted that children of same-sex couples outperform their peers on matters of education and civic engagement. Perceived differences between the two groups are more likely attributable to secondary factors such as parental income, level of education, and parental engagement with their children.