April 3, 2013 | by Staff reports
Gay parents held to tougher standard: study
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NEW YORK — Same-sex parents are judged more harshly than straight parents, Health Daily News reported last week citing a new study from the March issue of Journal of GLBT Family Studies.

Researchers examined people’s responses to the actions of gay and straight parents, and found that gay parents were much more likely to be viewed negatively in identical situations involving poor parenting behaviors.

“We noted that when parents displayed favorable parenting behaviors like comforting an upset child, gay and straight parents were judged in a similar, positive manner,” Sean Massey, of the interdisciplinary research group for the study of sexuality and gender at Binghamton University, in New York, said in a university news release.

“However, if parents got frustrated — raised their voice or slapped their child on the hand — the gay parents were judged more negatively than the straight parents,” Massey, a research associate professor, was quoted as saying.

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