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Kids with gay parents have 'significantly better' general health and greater family cohesion than those with heterosexual parents.
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As of 2005, an estimated 270,313 children in the United States live in households headed by same-sex couples.
Families led by a same-sex couple tend to have greater family cohesion.
The Australian researchers found that for general health and family cohesion children aged 5 to 17 years with same-sex parents showed a significantly better score when compared to Australian children from all backgrounds and family contexts.
For self-esteem and emotional behaviour, there were no statistically significant differences.
The lead researcher on the study, Dr Simon Crouch, told The Sydney Morning Herald:
"This fosters openness and means children tend to be more resilient. That would be our hypothesis."
A study by Cambridge University's Centre for Family Research found that children with same-sex parents are not disadvantaged in life.
Professor Susan Golombok said: "What I don't like is when people make assumptions that a certain type of family, such as gay fathers, will be bad for children.
"The anxieties about the potentially negative effects for children of being placed with gay fathers seem to be, from our study, unfounded."
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