Checking the APA's Findings on Homosexual Parenting

Written by Janice Shaw Crouse

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Since 2005, when the American Psychological Association (APA) issued an official brief on lesbian and gay parenting, political correctness has demanded that all agree with the spurious assessment that children of homosexual parents do fine.The APA declared, "A growing body of scientific literature demonstrates that children who grow up with one or two gay and/or lesbian parents fare as well in emotional, cognitive, social, and sexual functioning as do children whose parents are heterosexual.

Children's optimal development seems to be influenced more by the nature of the relationships and interactions within the family unit than by the particular structural form it takes."  In a fit of concurrence, elite opinion-makers, academics, and those in the mainstream media voiced their wisdom by declaring that any household structure works well as long as there are loving relationships within the family unit.

In the absence of research to the contrary and a barrage of positive media images of homosexuals in family settings, public attitudes were manipulated into widespread acceptance of same-sex parenting.  The few lone dissenting voices were harassed and discredited.

But the prestigious Social Science Research journal recently published highly credited research that counters the prevailing public and scientific attitudes.  Loren Marks, of Louisiana State University, authored "Same-Sex Parenting and Children's Outcomes: A Closer Examination of the American Psychological Association's Brief on Lesbian and Gay Parenting," which uses objective scientific methods to examine the APA assertion about the outcomes of homosexual parenting.  Marks' research calls into question the validity of the research methods and analysis of the 59 published studies cited by the APA.

Marks concluded that the APA assertions about homosexual parenting were not empirically warranted -- i.e., the data presented doesn't validate their hypothesis.  He found that the sampling that these researchers used was not representative: the samples are too small, they do not include data of the comparison groups, and the diversity of homosexual parenting studies was dismissed.  In addition, only a limited scope of children's outcomes was studied.  Furthermore, the research lacked the statistical power expected by APA standards.

Research Samples on Lesbian and Gay Parenting Not Representative

Lesbian or Gay Parent's Children Outcomes Not Fully Researched

Same-Sex Parenting Research Lacked Statistical Power Expected by APA Standards

In conclusion, Loren Marks' "Same-Sex Parenting and Children's Outcomes: A Closer Examination of the American Psychological Association's Brief on Lesbian and Gay Parenting" serves as a careful scientific examination of the flaws of the APA's untenable assertion that "[n]ot a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents." Any finding as extreme as this one cannot help but violate the common sense of ordinary folks. It simply bears out what many have come to see as the perfidy of the educated elites' attempts to foist off on the public views that conform to their biased beliefs -- however unreasonable -- rather than views that conform to the facts.  Marks' study proves yet again the old adage: "If something seems too good to be true, it generally is."

janice-shaw-crouseJanice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D. is author of Children at Risk (2010) and Marriage Matters (2012).  She heads the think-tank for Concerned Women for America.

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