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Teens of Lesbian Families Happier Than Straight Families

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Teens from long-standing lesbian couples had better psychological well-being compared to "continuously coupled"—that is, similarly stable—men and women, a new study reports. The adolescents had fewer behavioral issues and higher self-esteem, according to research that was commissioned by the Williams Institute (a think tank at UCLA's School of Law).

The study was sure to note that the teens in both groups were similar in most aspects, but the "few differences found on psychological well-being favored the adolescents in lesbian two-mother families."

Researchers also noted that the study definitely had its limitations, and that future studies might look for input from people close to the teens, rather than solely relying on self-reporting.

A co-author of the study says, "Child and adolescent outcomes have more to do with the quality of parenting than the sexual orientation of the parents." The study was published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies.

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