Kids of Gay Parents at Bigger Risk of ‘Emotional Problems’ Than Children of Opposite-Sex ParentsA recently released study examining the emotional well-being children found that kids with same-sex parents experienced “more distress” than their peers who have a mother and a father, according to the Christian PostThe study, which examined 207,007 children and included 512 kids with gay parents, was conducted by sociologist and Catholic priest Donald Sullins of Catholic University of America and published in the “British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioral Science” this month. The title of the article,Emotional Problems among Children with Same-Sex Parents: Difference by Definition,” hints at Sullins’ findings, which were briefly highlighted in the paper’s abstract. The goal of his inquiry was: ”To test whether small non-random sample findings that children with same-sex parents suffer no disadvantage in emotional well-being can be replicated in a large population sample; and examine the correlates of any differences discovered.”  Sullins took data from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey and looked at 12 different measures related to emotional and developmental problems “and affiliated service and treatment usage,” controlling for sex, race, age and income and education of the parent. While he concluded that more work is needed to further explore the mechanisms involved in his findings, Sullins reported seeing greater emotional problems among the children of parents in same-sex arrangements. Here’s how the abstract summarizes the resultsEmotional problems were over twice as prevalent (minimum risk ratio (RR) 2.4, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.7-3.0) for children with same-sex parents than for children with opposite-sex parents. Risk was elevated in the presence of parent psychological distress (RR 2.7, CI 1.8-4.3, p (t) < .001), moderated by family instability (RR 1.3, CI 1.2-1.4) and unaffected by stigmatization (RR 2.4, CI 1.4-4.2), though these all had significant direct effects on emotional problems. However, biological parentage nullified risk alone and in combination with any iteration of factors. Joint biological parents are associated with the lowest rate of child emotional problems by a factor of 4 relative to same-sex parents, accounting for the bulk of the overall same-sex/opposite-sex difference. More