Critically review the empirical literature in family services. Prepare a quantitative and a qualitative research abstract for the research articles you selected using both the four-part outline below (need to find one quantitative and one qualitative articles regarding same-sex parenting).
METHOD: Describe the study sample (number of participants, where they were studied, and who they are demographically), the study's instruments, and the procedures used.
RESULTS: Summarize the major findings of the study.
DISCUSSION/CONCLUSIONS: Describe how the study's findings fit into the family systems literature, the strengths and limitations of the findings, and recommendations and implications for research and practice with families.
The study by Meezan and Rauch is designed with the following research question in mind: How does same-sex marriage affect children who are being raised by same-sex couples. The framework of the qualitative study was approach from the perspective of comparing the costs and benefits of the effects observed between children living with same-sex parents, and those children living with an alternative system of parenting (such as single parent households, or those with mixed gender parents).
The author's drew from a sample of 12,105 adolescents living in the states of Vermont, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. From this sample, a total of forty-four adolescents being raised by female same-sex couples and forty-four being raised by heterosexual couples were included in the population for the qualitative study. Each of the adolescents were observed based on matching various characteristics and personality traits expressed based on average benchmark demographic data relative to the total sample size of 12,105 adolescents. Observations were made and categorised based on the actual interactions that the researchers saw the adolescents making in the course of normal routines, along with conversations made with individuals in society who had regular contact with those included in the participation.
This study revealed that there were "no differences in ...