The Impact Of The On A Child 's Development

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Parents: maybe the one of the biggest impacts on a child’s development. The influence parents have on their children is tremendous. They can quite easily help or hinder their child’s development by their parenting style and the opportunities they afford for their children. The nuclear family has a mom and a dad, which is the societal norm. With the passing of gay marriage this year, the questions and prejudice of same-sex parents have been brought to light and revived. Concerns about whether or not same-sex couples are fit to be parents are ramped. Are same-sex couples more likely to raise non-heterosexual children than heterosexual couples? This is the question that will be answered in the following literature review. A body of…show more content…
One study conducted a meta-analysis of existing research to determine the impacts of same-sex and heterosexual couples throughout 22 studies. The analysis found that there was no difference in parenting styles of homosexual or heterosexual couples, and there was no difference in the emotional adjustment for the children (Allen & Burrell, 1997). Another study based on 30 lesbian mothers with children due to donor insemination (DI), 38 heterosexual parents with children due to DI, and 30 heterosexual couples with naturally conceived kids, found that the lesbian mothers raise children similar to both the heterosexual parents groups. The quality of parent-child relationships and emotional/behavioral development of kids from lesbian’s mothers did not differ from the relationships or emotional/behavioral development of kids from both the heterosexual parents groups (Brewaeys, Ponjaert, Van Hall, & Golombok, 1997). To further add too the previous findings, one study of 27 lesbian, 29 gay, and 50 heterosexual parents and their children found that sexual orientation does not affect parenting (Farr, Forssell, & Patterson, 2010). Child development was assessed based on Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), the Caregiver-Teacher Report Form (C-TRF), and Preschoolers’ activity inventory. These inventories assessed emotional, behavioral, and gender role development. None of the findings among children of lesbian, gay, or heterosexual parents differed (Farr et
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