Children of same sex attracted parents score high on health and wellbeing

June 7, 2013, University of Melbourne
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Australian children of same-sex couples fared better on average than families from the general population on measures of general health and family cohesion, but continue to be subject to discrimination, interim findings of a University of Melbourne led study has found.

Lead researcher Dr Simon Crouch, from the McCaughey Vichealth Centre for Community Wellbeing at the University of Melbourne said the early findings suggested Australian children with same-sex attracted parents were developing well.

"These children are growing up in a range of contexts and score well on measures of health and wellbeing in the face of discrimination," he said.

Early findings taken from the global index the Child Health Questionnaire, measured the health of the children across a number of domains including physical activity, mental health and behavior. Children with same-sex attracted parents were seen to score particularly well in the domains of general health and family cohesion.

The Australian Study of in Same-Sex Families (ACHESS) involved 500 children aged two months to 17 years from 315 parents. The parents described a range of sexual orientations including homosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer, and were from all states around Australian except the Northern Territory.

Interim results revealed:

  • Children aged five to 17 years with same-sex attracted parents showed a significantly better score on and family cohesion when compared to Australian children from all backgrounds and family contexts.
  • For all other there were no statistically significant differences
  • 80 per cent of respondents were female parents and 18 per cent were male parent, with two per cent of parents being of other gender.
  • Ninety-three per cent of parents are currently in a relationship.
  • Australian children with same-sex attracted parents and their families continue to face discrimination in a variety of contexts.

The University of Melbourne led study, is the biggest of its kind to investigate the complete physical, mental and social wellbeing of children with same-sex attracted parents, and in particular the role that stigma and discrimination play in their health and wellbeing.

"There are an increasing number of children with same-sex attracted parents in Australia. International research to date has suggested that these are doing well in many aspects of their lives, however they are often affected by the discrimination that their families may experience due to parental sexual orientation," Dr Crouch said.

"These results are promising and we look forward to further findings which we expect later this year," he said.

Dr Crouch is from the Jack Brockhoff Child and Wellbeing Program at the McCaughey Vichealth Centre for Community Wellbeing. The program works towards a vision of every child having the opportunity for a fulfilling and healthy life.

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1.7 / 5 (6) Jun 07, 2013
If you would read the study it is so easy to see that it is poorly done and is nothing but propaganda for homosexual activists. However the news media and activists will just read the headlines and not dig deeper. Because they too think Homosexuals are superior to heterosexuals.

According to homosexual activists, it is better to raise children in a home where the adults practice abnormal sex than a home with a mother and a father.

What homosexual activists would like is that government take children away from normal homes and give them to homosexual couples. New York city is already seeking out homosexual foster parents to foster kids. They are not looking for good foster parents, they are looking for homosexual foster parents.
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4.2 / 5 (5) Jun 07, 2013
@ freethinking You claim the study is poorly done, and don't say how or why. The article even said it was the most comprehensive study of this kind. Also your claim that the news media " think Homosexuals are superior to heterosexuals." is ludicrous. Last time I checked it is overwhelmingly owned and produced by straight people, although gays have made some significant inroads. Are you suggesting there is a large group of powerful straight people who believe they are inferior and are actively working to marginalize themselves? Preposterous!

You're just a bigot who is willing to accept anything to preserve your disproven beliefs.
3.7 / 5 (3) Jun 08, 2013
What a weird rant. For perspective though, when freethinking isn't attacking groups whom he fears , he promotes crank science. It's rare to see comments from him that are particularly rational, let alone unbiased.

My thought is whether the fact that children in gay households exhibit these attributes as an effect of discrimination against that group? Can we identify other groups that suffer the same sort of discrimination, that exhibit similar attributes?
1 / 5 (3) Jun 08, 2013
Read the Study and it's methodology yourself. Woops, progressives don't like to read.....
1 / 5 (3) Jun 08, 2013
toot, you are a sockpuppet. Gotta Love Hezbollah progressives. They use sockpuppets, IRS, DOJ, DOE, they lie, cheat, steal, have no honor.

At least if you disagree with what I say, have the decency not to use a sock puppet.
1 / 5 (3) Jun 08, 2013
Some facts about homosexuality.
the cheating ratio of 'married' gay males, given enough time, approaches 100%
male homosexuals average between 20 and 106 partners every year
U. S. Center For Disease Control reported that the typical homosexual interviewed claimed to have had over 500 different sexual partners in a lifetime.
homosexuals are 20 to 30 times more likely to molest children, based upon statistics weighted by the percentage homosexuals are of the total population.
43% of white male homosexuals estimated they had sex with 500 or more different partners. 75% had 100 or more. 28% (the largest subcategory) reported more than 1000 partners
79% said more than half their partners were strangers.
70% said more than half their sexual partners were men with whom they had sex only once.
Of Homosexual 5 percent drank urine, 7 percent incorporated fisting, 33 percent ingested feces
"monogamy" for homosexuals lasts between 9 and 60 months
1 / 5 (3) Jun 08, 2013
In the United States, the DOJ is forcing people at the DOJ to affirm homosexual lifestyle. In the United States Homosexuals use hate crime legislation to destroy businesses such as bakers, florists, printers, taxicab drivers, that will not accept homosexuals having sex in their cabs, making wedding cakes or floral arrangements for homosexual weddings, or printing pro gay material.

Homosexual's on average earn more than heterosexuals, have more legal protection than religious people, have the media in their pocket, have government in their pocket. When a minority rules over a majority, class.... what is that called?
1 / 5 (3) Jun 08, 2013
Since Progressives hide the truth, here is more information:

A study of 518 sexually-tinged mass murders in the U.S. from 1966 to 1983 determined that 350 (68%) of the victims were killed by those who practiced homosexuality and that 19 (44%) of the 43 murderers were bisexuals or homosexuals.

2009, police arrested Frank Lombard, the associate director of Duke University's Center for Health Policy for attempting to sell the body of his 5-year-old adopted son to an undercover FBI agent posing as another child molester. An open homosexual, Lombard lived with his "partner" Kenneth Shipp in Durham, North Carolina, where the two homosexuals allegedly "raised" two adopted boys.

The brutal homosexual rape and murder of 13 year old Jesse Dirkhising, in Prairie Grove, Arkansas, was on September 26, 1999, by two homosexual "partners," David Don Carpenter and Joshua Brown, in their home. He "was brutally raped, tortured and murdered -- for fun, for thrills, for the hell of it."
1 / 5 (3) Jun 08, 2013
The top six U.S. male serial killers were all gay:
Donald Harvey claimed 37 victims in Kentucky;
John Wayne Gacy raped and killed 33 boys in Chicago, burying them under his house and in his yard;
Patrick Kearney accounted for 32, cutting his victims into small pieces after sex and leaving them in trash bags along the Los Angeles freeways;
Bruce Davis molested and killed 27 young men and boys in Illinois;
A gay sex-murder-torture ring (Corll-Henley-Brooks) sent 27 Texas men and boys to their grave; and
Juan Corona was convicted of murdering 25 migrant workers (he "made love" with their corpses).

Lesbian Aileen Wuornos laid claim in 1992 to "worst female killer" with at least 7 middle-aged male victims. She singlehandedly topped the lesbian nurse team of Catherine Wood and Gwen Graham, who had killed 6 convalescent patients in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Remember Homosexuals make up on 1-2% of the population.
1 / 5 (3) Jun 08, 2013
The top six U.S. male serial killers were all gay:

The association between serial murder and homosexuality isn't recent. Two gays compete for the spot of "world's worst murderer." During the Nazi reign of terror, Auschwitz executioner Ludwig Tiene strangled, crushed, and gnawed boys and young men to death while he raped them.

The most notorious child killer might be Gilles de Rais (Bluebeard),for raping, torturing, and killing perhaps 800 boys in 15th century France. Gilles often raped the boy as he hung from a hook by the neck. Before he died, Gilles took him down, comforted him, repeated the act and either killed him himself or had him slain. Gilles testified that "when the children were dead he kissed them and those who had the most handsome limbs and heads he held up to admire them, and had their bodies cut open and took delight at the sight of their inner organs; and very often when the said children were dying he sat on their stomachs and took pleasure in seeing them die.
2.3 / 5 (3) Jun 08, 2013
Oh btw, in Canada, If I repeat what I said, even though stats are true, information is correct, I would be arrested and charged with a hate crime. In Canada, the truth is no defense against hate crimes.

The next time a homosexual says they are discriminate against ask them how they can be discriminated against when you can't legally speak against or present information about their lifestyle, without fear of going to jail, loosing your career, losing your livelihood, being publicly ridiculed, and threatened with violence?
3 / 5 (2) Jun 09, 2013
The problem with the study is its scalability, an error (on purpose?) seen more and more on this studies of homosexual lifestyle. How many straight parents are there in Australia compared to gay parents, THIS excerpt of the study doesn't say.

Misleading readers by printing half trues is not good journalism.
1 / 5 (3) Jun 09, 2013
I wonder why sock puppet masters like the master of toot, are generally Hezbollah progressives?

Could it be That like Hezbollah Progressives, they have no issues with lying, cheating, using the force of government to silence opponents.

Hey sock puppet master of toot, whats your main screen name...
1 / 5 (2) Jun 10, 2013
Homosexuals and Hezbollah Progressives now acting at thought police in the Military.


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