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Same-sex Parent Families and Children’s Academic Achievement

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Children in traditional families (i.e., married, two-biological parents) tend to do better than their peers in nontraditional families. An exception to this pattern appears to be children from same-sex parent families. Children with lesbian mothers or gay fathers do not exhibit the poorer outcomes typically associated with nontraditional families. Studies of same-sex parent families, however, have relied on a static conceptualization of the family and discounted the importance of the timing and number of family transitions for understanding children’s outcomes. To examine whether same-sex parent families represent an exception among nontraditional families, I used data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study – Kindergarten cohort (N = 19,043) to create a dynamic indicator of children’s family structure, and tested its association with math test scores. I find that children in same-sex parent families scored lower than their peers in married, two-biological parent households, but the difference was nonsignificant net of family transitions.

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Potter, Daniel. "Same-sex Parent Families and Children’s Academic Achievement" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Colorado Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO, Aug 16, 2012 <Not Available>. 2014-12-12 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p564052_index.html>

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Potter, D. J. , 2012-08-16 "Same-sex Parent Families and Children’s Academic Achievement" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Colorado Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO Online <PDF>. 2014-12-12 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p564052_index.html

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Abstract: Children in traditional families (i.e., married, two-biological parents) tend to do better than their peers in nontraditional families. An exception to this pattern appears to be children from same-sex parent families. Children with lesbian mothers or gay fathers do not exhibit the poorer outcomes typically associated with nontraditional families. Studies of same-sex parent families, however, have relied on a static conceptualization of the family and discounted the importance of the timing and number of family transitions for understanding children’s outcomes. To examine whether same-sex parent families represent an exception among nontraditional families, I used data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study – Kindergarten cohort (N = 19,043) to create a dynamic indicator of children’s family structure, and tested its association with math test scores. I find that children in same-sex parent families scored lower than their peers in married, two-biological parent households, but the difference was nonsignificant net of family transitions.


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