November 28, 2013 | by Staff reports
Anti-gay laws have psychological effect: study
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ANN ARBOR, Mich.  — A new study from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan finds that states with anti-gay laws on the books have adverse impact on young gay men, particularly in regard to those who wish to be fathers, the  Michigan Daily reports.

Jose Bauermeister conducted the study, which was published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. He analyzed survey results against state-specific LGB policies including bans on same-sex marriage and same-sex joint parenting and second parent adoptions, the article said.

The results confirmed Bauermeister’s hypothesis that men who plan on raising children had higher levels of depression and lower levels of self-esteem in states with LGB-restrictive policies than men with the same aspirations in states without the bans, the Daily reports.

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