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Are Lesbian Parents, Better Parents – New Study Suggests So

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A new study published in the June issue of Demography, finds children of same-sex parents are getting more one-on-one time with their parents than children with different-sex parents, according to a new study .

The authors looked into the ways the 44,188 participants of the 2003 – 2013 American Time Use Survey spent time interacting with their children, in an attempt to measure the difference in outcomes of children raised by same-sex parents and different-sex parents.

Overall, women (regardless of the gender of their partners) and men coupled with other men spent ‘significantly more time’ with their children than a male-female couple.

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This results in children of same-sex couples receiving one hour more child-focused parent time than children of different-sex couples – an average of 3.5 hours per day.

Authors Kate C. Prickett and Alexa Martin-Storey wrote in a post for The Society Pages.

A key implication of our study is that the focus on whether same-sex parents provide depreciably different family contexts for healthy child development is misplaced

If anything, the results show that same-sex couples are more likely to invest time in the types of parenting behaviors that support child development.

In line with a recent study that has continued to highlight that poverty — more so than family structure — is the greatest detriment to parenting practices, it’s hard not to see how delegitimizing same-sex families in ways that create both social and economic costs for them, pose a greater source of disadvantage for children.”

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