Delinquency, victimization, and substance use among adolescents with female same-sex parents

J Fam Psychol. 2006 Sep;20(3):526-30. doi: 10.1037/0893-3200.20.3.526.


The question of whether parental sexual orientation has an impact on human development has important implications for psychological theories and for legal policy. This study examined associations among family type (same-sex vs. different-sex parents), family and relationship variables, substance use, delinquency, and victimization of adolescents. Participants included 44 adolescents living with female same-sex couples and 44 adolescents living with different-sex couples, matched on demographic characteristics and drawn from a national sample. Analyses indicated that adolescents were functioning well and that their adjustment was not associated with family type. Adolescents whose parents described closer relationships with them reported less delinquent behavior and substance use, suggesting that the quality of parent-adolescent relationships better predicts adolescent outcomes than does family type.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological / physiology
  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology
  • Child
  • Crime Victims / psychology
  • Crime Victims / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Homosexuality, Female / psychology
  • Homosexuality, Female / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Juvenile Delinquency / psychology
  • Juvenile Delinquency / statistics & numerical data*
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Risk-Taking
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology