June 12, 2013 | by Staff reports
Aussie kids thrive with gay parents
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(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

MELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian study underway at Melbourne University found that children of gay and lesbian couples are doing as well as or better than children of straight parents in a number of key health indicators, LGBTQ Nation reported last week.

The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families (ACHESS) was conceived to study the overall health and well being of children of gay Australians and the impact anti-gay discrimination has on them, the article said.

The study gathered data on 500 children under the age of 17 from 315 parents and found that on measures of general health and overall family cohesion, children with same-sex parents showed a significantly better score when compared to children from other backgrounds and family contexts, the article said. For all other health measures, there were no statistically significant differences.

The study’s preliminary results can be read on the ACHESS website.

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