Thursday, July 21, 2016
Adult Children of Same-Sex Parents Suffering Depression
A new study finds that adult children raised by same-sex parents are twice as likely to suffer delayed-onset depression as their peers raised by heterosexual parents.
This first of its kind study is coming under fire from the same people who have "established" that anyone who objects to same-sex marriage is a "bigot."
The study reveals that the so-called "bigots" are actually champions for the children.
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I read the New York Times regularly, but cannot remember ever encouraging anyone else to read it.
It's biased to a fault toward the progressive Left. However, their article on Gov. Mike Pence yesterday was actually very good. It's about how he came to personal faith in Jesus Christ and how that decision has directed his life. I strongly recommend you read it.
Dr. Donald Paul Sullins is a highly regarded, peer-reviewed research professor at the Catholic University of America, Department of Sociology.
The study titled, "Invisible Victims: Delayed Onset Depression Among Young Adults With Same-Sex Parents" reads, "[At] age 28, the adults raised by same-sex parents were at over twice the risk of depression as persons raised by man-woman parents."
Sullins says, "As the first study to examine children raised by same-sex parents into adulthood, this exploratory study aims to contribute new information for understanding the effects of same-sex parenting through the life course transition into early adulthood."
Although children of same-sex parents were slightly less likely to be depressed during adolescence, more than half suffered depression symptoms as adults.
Sullins examined a variety of factors that have been shown to be related to depression, including child abuse, obesity, perceived stigmatization, and parental distance.
Children raised by homosexual parents showed higher rates of all these factors than their peers with heterosexual parents.
Sullins advises caution with these findings in that this is the first of its kind study.
He found that 92% of children with same-sex parents said that their parents had abused them in some way during childhood (verbally, physically, emotionally), and 23% reported having been sexually abused.
Children of lesbian parents reported a significantly higher rate of abuse than children of heterosexual parents.
By comparison, 58% of children with opposite sex parents reported being abused in some way---verbally, physically, sexually.
Sullins' study is the first of a kind and will certainly come under attack from those activists who demand different results.
I found it interesting that most of the children with same-sex parents who have participated in previous studies on the subject, although unlike this study that looks at the adult child, the other studies gathered data from children found through advertisements, LGBT bookstores, youth events, and other similar sources.
The participants knew the objective of the studies and were disproportionately inclined to give positive feedback on same-sex parenting.
Sullins says he hopes this study will not be exaggerated nor dismissed out of hand on preconceived ideological grounds.
"However," he says, "well-intentioned concern for revealing negative information about a stigmatized minority does not justify leaving children without support in an environment that may be problematic or dangerous for their dignity and security."
Christians have historically reached out with support to children in need. From the days following the burning of Rome (for which Christians were blamed) they brought in the orphans on the streets, feeding and even adopting them.
Biblical Christians continue to represent compassion toward children in a thousand ways---including opposing abortion and advocating for heterosexual marriage.
I will not draw conclusions beyond the obvious---although they exist.
Yet, this study does indeed affirm another reason why God's way is the better way. God's model for marriage obviously provides for the sustainability of the human race, while this study affirms that God's model---a female mom and a male dad, is best for the child.
It also questions what value we attach to our children.
Same-sex parenting places the desires of the parents over the needs of the child.
We must ask ourselves this question: Does having the so-called right to "marry whom you love" also give you the right to knowingly place children in an environment that clearly disadvantages them?
The secular progressive answer can only be yes.
Abortion rights are based on the choice of the women as to whether or not the child even has a right to life.
Same-sex "marriage" rights are based on the emotional attachment of a couple of guys or a couple of girls.
Christianity prioritizes the best interest of a family, calling children a gift---and calls the male dad and the female mother to commit to one another for life---because that union is best for the family. And the culture.
Secularism prioritizes the individual---what they want and when they want it.
This is at the heart of the great divide in America today.
And it greatly amplifies just what is at stake in the 2016 elections.
Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Faithful. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.