Children who grow up in same-sex parented households may face a significantly higher risk of depression later in life.
That’s the conclusion of a study published a few weeks ago, without fanfare, in the open-access journal Depression Research and Treatment. The study found that young adults who had grown up with same-sex parents were more than twice as likely to be depressed as those raised by a mother and a father. The study uses survey data that followed adolescents over a period of 13 years. Although 18 percent of children in same-sex households reported feeling symptoms of depression as adolescents, about half of same-sex-parented children had become depressed after reaching the age of about 28. By comparison, only about one-fifth of children of opposite-sex parents were depressed in adulthood.