Study finds no difference in adjustment, parenting, or well-being for kids of SMCs vs. kids of 2 parent households..

“Fifty-one solo mother families were compared with 52 two-parent families all with a 4–9-year-old child conceived by donor insemination. Standardized interview, observational and questionnaire measures of maternal wellbeing, mother–child relationships and child adjustment were administered to mothers, children and teachers. There were no differences in parenting quality between family types apart from lower mother–child conflict in solo mother families. Neither were there differences in child adjustment. Perceived financial difficulties, child’s gender, and parenting stress were associated with children’s adjustment problems in both family types. The findings suggest that solo motherhood, in itself, does not result in psychological problems for children.”

A link to the study:

SMCs and Childhood Adjustment Study

I’m not really surprised by this given that single mothers by choice have to really want a kid to make it happen.  Most of us spend thousands (if not tens of thousands) of dollars getting pregnant which is obviously not a decision done on a whim.  I’d suspect a similar result for queer families too.  Maybe i’ll send this to my mom…

One thought on “Study finds no difference in adjustment, parenting, or well-being for kids of SMCs vs. kids of 2 parent households..

  1. When my son was a few months old, I came across a study about how babies need three secure adult attachments. I guilt tripped myself so bad! It’s interesting that this study compared donor conceived children of single moms to those of two parent families. So, all of those involved planned and worked to create their families. It would be interesting to compare to various other family configurations.

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