The Effects of Same-Sex Parenting on Child Development

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Jacob Parker

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This research paper will address the present concern of the effects of same-sex parenting on child development. As homosexual relationships have become widely common, along with the subsequent building of families, concern over the differences between homosexual and heterosexual parenting have become of great interest and importance. Studies have taken on the subjects of gender identity, behavioral development, and the negative impact of social stigma on children whose parents identify as homosexual. It is concluded that there exist no significant developmental issues due to parental sexual orientation. Positive development is a result of warmth and positive parenting, regardless of familial structure. The prominence of studies on lesbian couples and lack of studies on gay male couples will be explored.

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