Lesbian Parents Do It Better Their kids have higher self-esteem, confidence By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff Posted Jun 8, 2010 5:02 PM CDT 69 comments Comments Children raised by lesbian parents have better mental health than their straight-raised peers, a new study found. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Children raised by lesbian parents perform better academically and exhibit better mental health than their peers raised by heterosexual couples, a new study found. Researchers found that kids raised by female-female couples had higher self-esteem and confidence, and showed fewer instances of rule-breaking and aggression, reports Time. "We simply expected to find no difference in psychological adjustment between adolescents reared in lesbian families and the normative sample of age-matched controls," said the lead researcher, whose results will be in the journal Pediatrics. "I was surprised to find that on some measures we found higher levels of competency and lower levels of behavioral problems. It wasn't something I anticipated."