gaystarnews: A 25-year study has found that children of lesbian parents are more likely to report same-s3x experiences and attraction.
The US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS) began in 1986. It followed the same group of children of lesbian parents since they were conceived to adulthood.
In a new study, researchers compared 76 of these children to 76 ‘demographically matched participants from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG)’.
The study made numerous conclusions about the children of lesbian parents, including that they are ‘as psychologically healthy as their peers’, according to lead author Nanette Gartrell, MD.
One of the biggest takeaways was the increase in reports of same-s3x attraction among NLLFS children.
Researchers looked at information regarding same-s3x attraction throughout their lives.
Of the NSFG male and female children, 91% and 54% reported being only attracted to the opposite s3x, respectively. Among the NLLFS children (those with lesbian parents), however, 31% of females and 73% of males said they were exclusively attracted to the opposite s3x.
Further, the NLLFS children reported higher rates of same-s3x experiences.
33% and 54% of these offspring (male and female, respectively) said they had same-s3x experiences in their lives. This is compared to only 9% and 38% of the NSFG offspring.
The NLLFS children also reported higher rates of these same-s3x experiences from the ages of 17 to 25.
For women, the rate of these experiences increased from 15% to 54% during this age range. Male children experienced a similar increase — from 6% to 33%.
Co-author Henny Bos, Ph.D., Professor of Child Development and Education, and Chair in S3xual and Gender Diversity in Families and Youth at the University of Amsterdam, offered insight into these conclusions.
‘The offspring of s3xual minority parents may have more expansive perspectives on s3xuality because they were raised by parents who are nonjudgmental about their exploration of non-heteros3xual relationships,’ he said.
‘They may also be more attuned to their own same-s3x s3xual feelings because of the environment in which they were raised.’
Source: Published by gaystarnews