Mental health of young adults with lesbian parents is same as their peers

Comparing relationships, educational/job performance, and behavioral, emotional and mental health problems, researchers from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that 25-year-olds raised by lesbian parents do as well on multiple measures of psychological health as other adults.

The findings are contained in the latest edition of the ongoing U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study, which in its 32nd year is the longest-running prospective study on sexual minority parent families. This is the first NLLFS report based on data collected when the offspring were legal adults.

“When I began this study in 1986, there was considerable speculation about the future mental health of children conceived through donor insemination and raised by sexual minority parents,” said Dr. Nanette Gartrell, visiting distinguished scholar at the Williams Institute and lead author of the study. “We have followed these families since the mothers were inseminating or pregnant and now find that their 25-year-old daughters and sons score as well on mental health as other adults of the same age.”

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