In the first study to examine children raised by same-sex parents into early adulthood, Prof. Paul Sullins showed that problems like depression and obesity appear to a greater degree than in the general population.
Same-sex parented adults were almost twice as likely to be obese (72% compared to 37% of the comparison group). This high prevalence is related to previous studies showing higher incidence of obesity in lesbians compared to their female cohort, Sullins says.
The study found that “the well-documented tendency toward greater levels of intimate violence in same-sex partnerships was present in parenting as well.” Between 85-90% reporting abuse in later years. Sullins said this has gone unreported because most studies rely on parents’ self-reporting.
Sullins used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health which interviewed more than 20,000 American adolescents aged 15 in 1995, then again at 22, and 28.
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