October 20, 2015

Study: Same sex parents spend more time with children

Independent, UK -Same-sex parents spend more time engaged with their children than do heterosexual couples, according to a major study which confronts prejudices against LGBT families.

The difference is most pronounced in families with two mothers, where parents spend on average 40 per cent more time on child-focused activities than straight couples, the study of American families from the Population Research Center at the University of Texas found.

The extra time comes largely because both mothers typically offer as much child-focused activity as mothers in heterosexual partnerships. Fathers with female partners spent only about half as much time with their children.

Women spend around 100 minutes a day engaged in child-focused activities, compared with an average of 50 minutes per day among men who were married to, or cohabiting with, women. But fathers in same-sex relationships spend roughly the same time as the mothers, doubling the time typically provided by heterosexual dads.

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