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Kids of Same-Sex Couples are Happier and Healthier, Study Says

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Wave the rainbow flags because, according to a groundbreaking study which is the largest of its kind, research from Australia’s University of Melbourne indicates that children with gay parents are happier and healthier than children with heterosexual parents.

Dr. Simon Crouch, lead researcher from the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program, Centre for Health Equity at the University of Melbourne, said in an interview with CNBC, "It appears that same-sex parent families get along well and this has a positive impact on health."

Crouch believes that an emphasis on skills, as opposed to traditional gender roles, accounted for the survey's results, according to the Huffington Post.

Crouch said, "So what this means is that people take on roles that are suited to their skill sets rather than falling into those gender stereotypes. What this leads to is a more harmonious family unit and therefore feeding on to better health and wellbeing."

In addition, the children surveyed scored the same as those raised by heterosexual parents in the categories of mental health, self-esteem, and behavior.

However, researchers identified a serious hurdle for children of same-sex parents as more than two-thirds of the children reported experiencing the anti-LGBT stigma.

Crouch and his team of researchers surveyed more than 500 children from 315 same-sex parents across Australia.

The study states that 18 percent of the children had male parents, 80 percent had female parents, and the other 2 percent were other-gendered parents. The ages of the children were from 0-17 years of age and 93 percent of the parents are currently in a relationship.

It is worth noting that the study compares same-sex parents and their children to the general population and doesn’t compare same-sex parents directly with opposite-sex parents. Also, the participants in the study were not randomized but were selected from those who agreed to participate.

Recently, two other studies have also shown positive results.

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