Delinquency, Victimization, and Substance Use Among Adolescents with Female Same-Sex Parents

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Research Critique
Family types have made considerable changes in the last few decades. There is an increase in the number of families being headed by same sex couples. With such changes come the questions about the effects on human development in persons raised in same sex parent homes. Specifically there is question about whether adolescents encounter difficulties with adjustments more in same sex parent families versus those adolescents in a different sex parent family. For the purposes of this research critique, I will start by discussing my reasons for choosing the specific article I chose, my expectations of the article and the articles appeal to me. I will then summarize the article and discuss its completeness and further follow up that could be done.

I choose this study over the others because I have an interest in learning more about same sex relationships and the effects they have on the couples involved as well as children raised with homes with same sex parents. I have strong religious beliefs that do not support same sex relationships and I have found in the past the articles I have read about same sex relationships tend to confirm the beliefs I have. This article title sparked my interest because it was a new subject matter under this premise.

After looking at the title and before reading any of the article, I had the assumption that I was going to learn that there are more problems in adolescents in a same sex parent family over those in a different sex parent family. I find that to be my religious bias coming out. I have made the poor assumption that just because same sex relationships don’t follow my own belief system that they are in turn faulty relationships and not good environments for children to be reared in. I recognized this bias once I completed reading the article. I have no foundation for these biases by way of scientific data and realize that just because my own religious beliefs don’t align with this idea,...
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