THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN IN SAME SEX FAMILIES: A REVIEW OF THE EVIDENCE
ESC Congress Library. Farris M. 05/28/14; 50662; A-247
Dr. Manuela Farris
Dr. Manuela Farris
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Objective: In Europe SSM is legal only in 9 countries; 13 allow same sex couples (SSC) to enter into a registered partnership; and 28 still do not provide any legal recognition of SSC. Outside Europe, a very diverse situation exists but, in the developing world, almost as a rule, same sex couples are not recognized. Access to assisted reproduction and adoption by SSC is extremely diversified: a number of European countries now permit both, but barriers still exist; outside the Western world adoption by SSC is simply not permitted.Since the early eighties, a fairly large number of studies have invariably concluded that there is no evidence that psychosocial development among children of lesbian or gay men couples is compromised. Then, in 2012, a large investigation provided evidence in a multivariate context that young-adult children of parents with a same-sex relationship fared worse in a variety of outcomes: in general young-adult children of a lesbian mother seem to display more significantly different behaviors than children of a gay father. This study elicited a variety of reactions and - as of today - the issue is not settled.Methods: A search of PubMed and EMBASE databases using the terms \"\"same-sex marriages,\"\" \"\"same-sex unions,\"\" \"\"same-sex families,\"\" \"\"laws on homosexual unions,\"\" \"\"same sex parenting,\"\" \"\"children in same sex unions,\"\" and \"\"children in same sex families\"\" was performed without publication date or language restriction in July 2012, and repeated in October 2013. Additional studies were identified through hand searches of ESI review reference lists.Results: This systematic review followed recent methodological guidelines. Among 182 potentially eligible studies, 76 duplicate references were excluded leaving 106 studies for evaluation, with another 65 deemed ineligible after initial abstract screening. This left 41 articles for final review.Conclusion: Critics of same-sex marriage argue that the right to marry with its consequences of adoption and access to IVF should be restricted to heterosexuals because growing in a SSF deprives children of the two indispensable figures: a mother and a father. Refusal of SSC and SSM is usually a matter of principle rather than an issue to be resolved through scientific investigation. Therefore, additional studies are unlikely to affect the views of those opposed.


 

 


Objective: In Europe SSM is legal only in 9 countries; 13 allow same sex couples (SSC) to enter into a registered partnership; and 28 still do not provide any legal recognition of SSC. Outside Europe, a very diverse situation exists but, in the developing world, almost as a rule, same sex couples are not recognized. Access to assisted reproduction and adoption by SSC is extremely diversified: a number of European countries now permit both, but barriers still exist; outside the Western world adoption by SSC is simply not permitted.Since the early eighties, a fairly large number of studies have invariably concluded that there is no evidence that psychosocial development among children of lesbian or gay men couples is compromised. Then, in 2012, a large investigation provided evidence in a multivariate context that young-adult children of parents with a same-sex relationship fared worse in a variety of outcomes: in general young-adult children of a lesbian mother seem to display more significantly different behaviors than children of a gay father. This study elicited a variety of reactions and - as of today - the issue is not settled.Methods: A search of PubMed and EMBASE databases using the terms \"\"same-sex marriages,\"\" \"\"same-sex unions,\"\" \"\"same-sex families,\"\" \"\"laws on homosexual unions,\"\" \"\"same sex parenting,\"\" \"\"children in same sex unions,\"\" and \"\"children in same sex families\"\" was performed without publication date or language restriction in July 2012, and repeated in October 2013. Additional studies were identified through hand searches of ESI review reference lists.Results: This systematic review followed recent methodological guidelines. Among 182 potentially eligible studies, 76 duplicate references were excluded leaving 106 studies for evaluation, with another 65 deemed ineligible after initial abstract screening. This left 41 articles for final review.Conclusion: Critics of same-sex marriage argue that the right to marry with its consequences of adoption and access to IVF should be restricted to heterosexuals because growing in a SSF deprives children of the two indispensable figures: a mother and a father. Refusal of SSC and SSM is usually a matter of principle rather than an issue to be resolved through scientific investigation. Therefore, additional studies are unlikely to affect the views of those opposed.


 

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