• Invisible Victims: Delayed Onset Depression among Adults with Same-Sex Parents

    Overview
    This study used data from US National Survey of Adolescent to Adult Health covering 15,700 people of whom 44 were raised by SSC. These individuals had been previously studied by Wainwright et al who concluded that there were no significant differences between them and those raised by married biological parents (MBP). There were, however, significant sampling errors in Wainwrights study and Sullins addressed them in a previous study also available on this site. ,When these errors were corrected, Sullins found evidence of significant differences between kids raised by SSC vs those raised by MBP (The unexpected harm of same-sex marriage; a critical appraisal, replication and reanalysing of Wainwright and Patterson’s studies of adolescents with same sex parents).In this study he looked at the outcomes in 20 of these kids (17 raised by lesbians and 3 raised by gay males) at ages 15, 22, and 28.

    Key findings
    1. They were 2.6x more likely than kids raised by opposite sex couples to be diagnosed with depression as adults.
    2. 85% of them reported parental abuse. Sullins notes that previous studies have not documented this finding ‘most likely because almost all have been based on parental reports, which minimise abuse self-reporting and none (to my knowledge) have ever asked directly about parental abuse. In the only prior study based on retrospective reports, children with lesbian mothers..reported a substantially higher rate of sexual abuse, at 23% than those with consistently heterosexual parents.’ This highlights the fundamental flaw in studies that rely ONLY on parent reports to assess child outcomes.
    3. Over 2/3 of the kids raised by SSC were obese, compared with 37% for comparison group

    Conclusions
    Sullins appropriately notes that the small sample size limits the conclusions that can be drawn but he cautions that the results cannot be dismissed either as follows:
    ‘The emergence of higher depression risk in early adulthood, coupled with a more frequent history of abuse victimisation, parental distance and obesity, suggests that the inattention of research and policy to the problems of children with same-sex parents is unwarranted. As initial results, the present findings should be interpreted with caution and balance, based on the limited evidence presented, and (it is hoped) neither exaggerated nor dismissed out of hand on preconceived ideological grounds.

    CLICK HERE to view full article

1Comment
  • Posted by Learn to read a study on August 21, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I’d suggest that this study is "dismissed out of hand" given the obvious flaws in the design of this study and the (surely obvious) "preconceived ideological ground" on which the study appears to be based.

    https://www.hindawi.com/journals/drt/2016/3185067/

    Reply

Leave a reply

Cancel reply

Please find below key points you may wish to consider when sending a message of opposition to your local Member of Parliament if they support same sex marriage.

These points should be used as a foundation of your email but we recommend you personalise the email to ENSURE YOUR IMPORTANT MESSAGE IS NOT IGNORED.

Be friendly, polite and urge your MPs to let the people vote on this issue.

YOUR MESSAGE OF OPPOSITION TO MPS WHO SUPPORT SSM SHOULD CONTAIN AT THE VERY LEAST THESE 4 KEY POINTS:

  1. I believe marriage should remain between a man and a woman. I am strongly opposed to the redefinition of marriage to allow Same Sex Marriage (SSM)

  2. You have been identified as a supporter of SSM on the ‘Australians for Marriage Equality’ (AME) website. If you do not support SSM, then I urge you to have your name removed from the AME website

  3. If you do indeed support SSM then I will be unable to vote for you at the next election. I will also be unable to vote for ANY POLITICAL PARTY that officially supports SSM.

  4. I will be telling my friends and family to do the same thing. ‘

IF YOU WISH TO ADD MORE DETAIL, THEN SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING 4 POINTS COULD BE INCLUDED

  1. I believe that the primary purpose of marriage is to ensure that wherever possible, children are raised by their biological mother and father. Marriage is therefore about what is best for our kids, not about validating the desires and feelings of adults.

  2. I urge you to examine the significant body of evidence that shows that the gold standard for children is to be raised by MARRIED BIOLOGICAL MOTHER AND FATHER. Please see: www.thebigdealaboutmarriage.com.au/category/marriage-children.

  3. Marriage is the foundational institution of our society and any redefinition to allow SSM has the potential to have significantly negative effects on our society.

  4. The LGBTI population represents only 3% of the Australian population and only 0.7% of cohabiting couples (Australian Bureau Statistics). These couples ALREADY HAVE all the same rights as heterosexual de facto relationships. Why are we risking major societal change changing marriage laws for a small minority of Australians to give them much the same rights as they ALREADY HAVE?

SOME POSTCODES MAY SHOW MORE THAN ONE MP. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ALL THE MPS SHOWN

×

Please find below key points you may wish to consider when sending a message of support to your local Member of Parliament if they oppose same sex marriage.

These points should be used as a foundation of your email but we recommend you personalise the email to ENSURE YOUR IMPORTANT MESSAGE IS NOT IGNORED.

Be friendly, polite and urge your MPs to let the people vote on this issue.

YOUR MESSAGE OF OPPOSITION TO MPS WHO SUPPORT SSM SHOULD CONTAIN AT THE VERY LEAST THESE 4 KEY POINTS:

  1. I believe marriage should remain between a man and a woman. I am strongly opposed to the redefinition of marriage to allow Same Sex Marriage (SSM). It is my understanding that you also support marriage remaining between a man and a woman and I congratulate you for that.

  2. This issue will decide my vote in future elections. If you continue to oppose SSM then I will vote for you.

  3. If you change your position then unfortunately I will be unable to vote for you or ANY POLITICAL PARTY that officially supports SSM.

  4. I will be telling my friends and family to do the same thing

IF YOU WISH TO ADD MORE DETAIL, THEN SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING 4 POINTS COULD BE INCLUDED

  1. I urge you to examine the significant body of evidence that shows that the gold standard for children is to be raised by MARRIED BIOLOGICAL MOTHER AND FATHER. Please see: www.thebigdealaboutmarriage.com.au/category/marriage-children.

  2. The LGBTI population represents only 3% of the Australian population and only 0.7% of cohabiting couples (Australian Bureau Statistics). These couples ALREADY HAVE all the same rights as heterosexual de facto relationships. Why are we risking major societal change changing marriage laws for a small minority of Australians to give them much the same rights as they ALREADY HAVE?

  3. Marriage is the foundational institution of our society and any redefinition to allow SSM has the potential to have significantly negative effects on our society.

  4. I believe that the primary purpose of marriage is to ensure that wherever possible, children are raised by their biological mother and father. Marriage is therefore about what is best for our kids, not about validating the desires and feelings of adults.

SOME POSTCODES MAY SHOW MORE THAN ONE MP. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ALL THE MPS SHOWN

×

This following document sets forth the Privacy Policy for The Big Deal About Marriage website, www.thebigdealaboutmarriage.com.au.

We are committed to respecting your privacy and are bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), which sets out a number of principles concerning the privacy of individuals.

Collection of your personal information

There are many aspects of the site which can be viewed without providing personal information, however, for access to some features or information you may be required to submit personally identifiable information. This may include but not limited to a your name, email address and postcode.

Sharing of your personal information

We may occasionally use other companies or organisations to provide services on our behalf, including but not limited to handling analysing information or sending emails. Those companies or organisations will be permitted to obtain only the personal information they need to deliver the service. We take reasonable steps to ensure that these organisations are bound by confidentiality and privacy obligations in relation to the protection of your personal information.

We may occasionally share contact information with like-minded not for profit organisations to provide services such as, but not limited to handling analysing information or sending emails. Those organisations will be permitted to obtain only the personal information they need to deliver the service. We take reasonable steps to ensure that these organisations are bound by confidentiality and privacy obligations in relation to the protection of your personal information.

Use of your personal information

For each visitor to reach the site, we expressively collect the following non-personally identifiable information, including but not limited to browser type, version and language, operating system, pages viewed while browsing the Site, page access times and referring website address. This collected information is used solely internally for the purpose of gauging visitor traffic, trends and delivering personalized content to you while you are at this Site.

From time to time, we may use customer information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. If our information practices change at some time in the future we will use for these new purposes only, data collected from the time of the policy change forward will adhere to our updated practices.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to make amendments to this Privacy Policy at any time. If you have objections to the Privacy Policy, you should not access or use the Site.

Accessing Your Personal Information

You have a right to access your personal information, subject to exceptions allowed by law. If you would like to do so, please let us know. You may be required to put your request in writing for security reasons. We reserve the right to charge a fee for searching for, and providing access to, your information on a per request basis.

Contacting us

E-mail: thebigdealaboutmarriage.gmail.com

×