Adolescents with Same-Sex Parents
Findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health
This chapter describes research on adjustment and development among adolescents living with same-sex couples. Data were drawn from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), which provided a nearly representative sample of adolescents and their parents in the United States during the 1990s. By selecting those youngsters in Add Health who were living with same-sex parents, and comparing them both to a matched group of youngsters living with other-sex parents and to the overall sample, the chapter aims to address questions about adjustment among teens living with same-sex parents. Whether they lived with same-sex or opposite-sex couples, adolescents whose parents reported having close relationships with them were likely to report higher self-esteem, fewer depressive symptoms, less use of alcohol and tobacco, and less delinquent behavior. They were also likely to have more friends in school, to have more supportive friends, and to achieve greater centrality within their friendship networks than other adolescents.
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