Academic Achievement of Children in Same and Different-Sex-Parented Families

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Melbourne Institute Virtual Colloquium

Dr Jan Kabátek

Same-sex parenting was one of the most controversial topics for debates leading up to the Australian same-sex marriage postal survey in 2017. According to recent opinion polls, almost half of Australians are not convinced that same-sex couples can be as good parents as different-sex couples. But are these beliefs supported by research?

In this session you’ll be provided with a thorough overview of academic studies on same-sex parenting, and you will gain a better insight into the demographic socio-economic characteristics of same-sex couples including discussions about cultural and institutional challenges faced by same-sex parents in Australia. Jan Kabatek has conducted the most thorough analysis of academic achievement of same-sex-parented children to date.

This regularly held colloquium will showcase our projects and researchers. This is a forum that encourages discussion on how research insights should inform policy and practice. More information on the series is available here.