US National Lesbian Longitudinal Family Study - NLLFS

The largest, longest-running prospective investigation of American lesbian mothers and their children

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NLLFS research in the news.

  • NLLFS Citation in Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author's Book

    NLLFS cited in Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight For Marriage Equality, by Pulitzer Prize-Winner Jo Becker.

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  • Los Angeles Times - Three justices' concern over gay parenting surprises experts

    By David G. Savage and Maura Dolan

    Comments from Supreme Court arguments startled some child development experts, who say kids raised in same-sex homes fare as well as those with heterosexual parents.

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  • The Washington Post - Social science struggles for data on effects of same-sex parenting on children

    By Sandhya Somashekhar

    Amid the legal arguments at Tuesday's Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage, there loomed a social science question: How well do children turn out when they are raised by gay parents?

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  • New York Times - Pediatrics Group Backs Gay Marriage, Saying It Helps Children

    by Catherine Saint Louis

    The American Academy of Pediatrics declared its support for same-sex marriage for the first time on Thursday, saying that allowing gay and lesbian parents to marry if they so choose is in the best interests of their children.

    (Article includes quote by NLLFS principal researcher, Dr. Nanette Gartrell.)

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  • UCLA Today - Researcher sorts out fact from fallacy in three-decade study of lesbian families

    by Judy Lin

    In the early 1970s, when being homosexual could get a person arrested, condemned as a "sinner" or diagnosed as mentally ill, gutsy Stanford University undergraduate Nanette Gartrell came out as a lesbian, and then some: She started conducting research to counter pervasive beliefs that gay and lesbians were deviant and even downright dangerous. . . .

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  • Buzzfeed Shift — 7 Teenagers Talk About Their Lesbian Moms

    by Hillary Reinsberg

    A study conducted by UCLA's Williams Institute asked 17-year-olds who had been raised by lesbian parents to talk about their mothers. Here are some of the things they had to say.

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  • The Times of India — Kids of lesbian couples need no role models

    The children of same-sex parents are not prone to experience psychological problems as adults, a new study has found.

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  • Advocate.com — Male Role Model Makes No Difference for Lesbian Couples' Kids

    by Trudy Ring

    The absence of a male role model doesn't affect the well-being of kids raised by lesbian couples, a new study notes.

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  • Buzzfeed Shift — Study: Kids Of Lesbian Moms "Doing Very Well"

    by Anna North

    Authors and politicians have long voiced concern that children—especially sons—of lesbian parents might be damaged by the lack of male role models in their lives. So researchers from the University of Amsterdam and UCLA's Williams Institute decided to investigate whether the absence of a man to look up to actually harmed lesbian couples' kids. They found it actually had very little effect—and their work may call into question recent research that showed children of lesbians struggling later in life.

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  • Parenting - Meet the Same-Sex Parents Next Door

    Read one mom's take on how gay parenting is becoming a part of America's social fabric

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  • Discover Magazine – Top 100 Stories of 2010 #88: Same-Sex Parents Do No Harm

    by Amy Barth

    Ever since U.S. sperm banks began to accept lesbian clients in the mid-1980s, critics have argued that same-sex parenting could damage children's psychological well-being. In June a 25-year, ongoing study published in the journal Pediatrics came to a very different conclusion, finding that children of lesbian mothers experience healthy social, emotional, and psychological development.

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  • Eurasia Review — Children In Lesbian Families Report No Sexual Abuse

    Teenagers from lesbian families in the United States reported 0% sexual abuse by their parents or guardians.

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  • Medscape Medical News — Children in Lesbian Families Less Likely to be Abused by Parent, Other Caregiver

    Adolescents raised in lesbian families are less likely than their peers to be abused by a parental figure, according to new findings from the US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study.

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  • Huffington Post — Child Abuse Rate At Zero Percent In Lesbian Households, New Report Finds

    Commentary on new NLLFS publication "Adolescents of the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study: Sexual Orientation, Sexual Behavior, and Sexual Risk Exposure".

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  • Pediatrics — What Shall We Call Them?

    by Joseph F. Hagan, Jr, M.D., FAAP, Department of Pediatrics, University of Vermont

    Commentary on published article "The USA National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study: Psychological Adjustment of the 17-Year-Old Adolescents."

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  • WebMD — Study: Kids of Lesbian Parents Are Well-Adjusted

    by Kathleen Doheny, Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, M.D.

    Researchers Say Children of Lesbian Parents Have Fewer Behavior Problems

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  • LA Times Opinion — Parenting should be a nonissue in gay marriage debate

    Supporters of Proposition 8 have made child-rearing a focus of the trial. But no other group is prohibited from marrying because of parental abilities, or lack thereof.

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  • Colbert Report — Testoster-Ruin, Hanna Rosin

    Stephen demands that lesbians stop creating good examples for our kids, microwaves his boxers and asks Hanna Rosin if men are still needed. (08:18)

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  • NewScientist — Children of lesbian parents do better than their peers

    by Jim Giles

    The children of lesbian parents outscore their peers on academic and social tests, according to results from the longest-running study of same-sex families.

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  • Telegraph UK — Children raised by lesbians "have fewer behavioural problems"

    Children raised by lesbian parents develop into psychologically sound adolescents and have fewer behavioural problems than their peers, a long-running study has found.

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  • iVillage Health — Study: Kids of Lesbian Moms Do Just Fine

    by Karen Springen

    New research finds teens raised by lesbians may be better adjusted than many peers.

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  • Time — Study: Children of Lesbians May Do Better Than Their Peers

    by Alice Park

    The teen years are never the easiest for any family to navigate. But could they be even more challenging for children and parents in households headed by gay parents?

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  • HealthDay News — Kids With Lesbian Parents Do Just Fine

    by Serena Gordon

    Study shows they might even be better adjusted than kids from traditional families.

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  • Reuters — Children of Lesbian Couples Do Well in School, Life

    Being raised by a same-sex couple is no hindrance to healthy psychological development, researchers say as the first generation of children conceived by lesbians through donor insemination is coming of age.

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  • Yahoo! News - Kids raised in lesbian families better adjusted, study finds

    by Liz Goodwin

    A new study published in the journal Pediatrics has found that children of lesbian couples are better adjusted socially and academically than children from traditional families.

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  • ABC News - 'Gayby Boom' Fueled by Same-Sex Parents

    by Susan Donaldson James

    Post-1980s Children of Gay Parents Thrive in School, More Open Society

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