Which One Of You is My Mom?

by hhart2 on November 4, 2013 - 9:51pm


   Does the effect of same sex parents play a role in the way children between the ages of two and four play and interact with each other? To figure out whether same sex parents play a role in their kids play time a sample was taken of 126 couples. Out of these couples 44 of them were lesbian, 34 were gay, and 48 were heterosexual. All of the couples live in the United States and have an adopted kid between ages 2 and 4. The sample showed that sons of lesbian mothers were less masculine in play behaviors than sons of heterosexual, or gay parents. On the other-hand, girls of lesbian parents showed the same type of masculinity in there play behaviors as girls of gay or heterosexual parents. Another finding of the research showed how boys and girls of the same sex parent’s demonstrated less gender-typed play behaviors than sons and daughters of heterosexual couples. This article shows how children can be affected at a young age due to their parent’s sexuality. To ensure that the samples were not biased researchers only studied kids who were adopted so that no genetic factors could come into play. Another way researchers were able to keep results purely directed towards their goal was to keep the ages of the kids that they were observing between 2 and 4. 

  The main purpose of this article was to see if same sex couples with children would have the same effects on their children as heterosexual couples. Specifically, in this article the author observe kids between the ages of two and four to see if there is a difference in the play behaviors that they demonstrate. The most appealing information that I got out of this article is how the difference in the sexuality of parents only changed some of the ways kids interact with one another. For example, boys of lesbian parents express less masculine behaviors than boys of heterosexual, and gay parents. The same circumstances did not pertain to girls of lesbian parents in any way shape or form. Another interesting result on the study that was found was the fact that boys and girls of same sex parents tended to show less genderized ways of playing with other boys and girls. This made them different from the boys and girls with heterosexual parents and more alike with those of lesbian and gay parents. Although these might not be very significant changes in behavior, the changes are consistent which means that the sexuality of the parents does play a role on their particular child’s personality. These observations were only taken on children between the ages of two and four. As kids grow to older ages these results insist that the sexuality of the children’s parents can have an impact on the way they interact with others.