This MedlinePlus article discusses four new studies that were presented at the American Psychological Association Convention regarding children raised in same sex couple households. The studies all seems to show that “children raised by 2 moms or 2 dads consider themselves ‘different,’ but [the] stigma is lessening.”

Study number one evaluated the experience of 49 preadolescent youths who had been adopted by same sex couples. This study found that 80% of the youths felt “different” but less than 60% felt that they had been “stigmatized because of their same-sex family structure.” Additionally, 70% of these children were found to be resilient and exhibited an “upbeat attitude about their family.”

Study number two compared the rates of anxiety among 3 - 10 years olds raised by 68 gay male couples with those of children raised by 68 heterosexual couples. In the study, the parents were of similar socioeconomic measures. The study concluded that “daughters raised by two gay dads experiences less anxiety and depression overall than daughters raised by a mother and father.”

Study number three “led by Henny Bos, an assistant professor in behavioral and social sciences at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands -- found that 17-year-olds raised in households without a male role model were not psychologically maladjusted and appeared to engage in gender-appropriate behavior."

Study number four compared the experience of same sex couples and heterosexual couples as they interacted with kindergarten teachers. “Roughly nine in 10 of the same-sex couples said they had discussed their family status with school personnel. And three-quarters of them said their status prompted no 'major challenge' when dealing with their child's school.”