Same-Sex Parenting Research: A Critical Assessment
Contemplate the time, energy, and effort required to read nearly 400 studies on same-sex parenting. Add to this investment scores of meticulous statistical examinations by a razor-sharp quantitative methodologist. Finally, throw in a propensity for academic heresy — or intellectual courage, for sometimes they are the same. The result is Same-Sex Parenting Research: A Critical Assessment.
Walter R. Schumm PhD is Professor of applied family science in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University. He is the editor-in-chief of the academic journal Marriage and Family Review. His books include Transition to Parenthood (2014), Sourcebook of Family Theories and Methods (1993, 2009), and The Family Support Group (FSG) Leaders’ Handbook (2000). He is a retired colonel (U.S. Army) and a recipient of the Legion of Merit.
“Love it or hate it, this book struck me as a social science parallel to Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses being nailed to the Wittenberg Chapel door. Truth is expensive and perhaps none of us has offered the requisite cost to fully understand this volatile issue. Even so, in terms of personal price paid, Schumm seems to have surpassed us all. The volume is a staggering work in terms of scope, depth and implications.”
Loren Marks PhD, author of Same-Sex Parenting and Children’s Outcomes: A Closer Examination of the American Psychological Association’s Brief on Lesbian and Gay Parenting.