LOS ANGELES - There is a virtually zero-percent rate of physical or sexual abuse of children raised by lesbians, according to a 24-year study of American lesbian families at UCLA.The U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study at UCLA’s Williams Institute on sexual orientation law and public policy asked the 17-year-old daughters and sons of lesbian mothers about sexual abuse, sexual orientation and sexual behavior.
The study finds none of the 78 teens in the study report having ever been physically or sexually abused by a parent or other caregiver. That zero percent rate compares to a 26 percent rate of reported physical abuse and 8.3 percent rate of sexual abuse in American adolescents altogether.
thefeministhub: The study only involves 78 teens, which isn’t a huge sample, but this is still pretty interesting, IMO. It’s not clear to me, though, if the study is only of lesbian mothers in a relationship or includes single lesbian mothers.
Agreed that the sample is small but even in a small group, you would expect you find some sort of effect of the variable under investigation. The fact that abuse was not found in any of the sample is very telling.