A study carried out by researchers at the University of Oxford in the UK and the Maastricht University in the Netherlands suggests that children with same gender parents actually perform better in the education system – both in the primary and secondary. The research indicates that children raised by gay parents do better at school when compared to children raised by straight parents.
The study took into consideration the data on 2,971 children with gay parents from the Netherlands, out of which 2,786 lesbian couples and 185 gay male couples. The Netherlands was the first country to legalize gay marriage, and there are more than one million children with same-gender parents.
Children born between 1998 and 2007 and their educational performance were taken into consideration, and the researchers clarified that these are children of same-gender parents based on the detailed household information from the Dutch population registers.
The lead author of the research was Deni Mazrekaj, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. According to t them, the findings suggest socioeconomic status also had a major impact on how well the children performed at school. He said that the researchers found gay couples are often wealthier, older, and more educated than the typical straight couple.
Many gay and lesbian couples have used expensive fertility treatments and adoption procedures to have a child, which means they tend to have a high level of wealth.
The positive association between having LGBT parents and performing well at school was reduced when the researchers had removed the socioeconomic status out of the equation. However, the edge was still on the side of children of LGBT parents.
“Thus it is likely that other factors also play a role, for instance these are wanted pregnancies and same-sex parents are also very likely to be highly motivated to become parents given the procedures they have to undergo to have children. Nonetheless, we only had data on the socioeconomic status, the rest is just a hypothesis, and future studies should address this.” – Mr. Mazrekaj added.
The purpose of the study was to address the lack of previous research into the area.