Public Discourse 24 February 2015An important new collection of peer-reviewed scholarly papers entitled No Differences? How Children in Same-Sex Households Fare has just been released by the Witherspoon Institute. The papers included and summarized in the book all study the nexus between children’s well-being and the structure of the families in which they are raised. In particular, the authors focus on the efficacy of families in which the adults are involved in a physically intimate same-sex relationship.The Problem with Convenience SamplesThe first paper included in the volume, by Loren Marks, examines the foundations of the position taken by the American Psychological Association (APA) on what it calls “lesbian and gay parenting.” The 2005 APA monograph setting forth that organization’s position asserts that the question of whether the childrearing efficacy of parents in same-sex relationships is at least the equal of that of heterosexual couples is settled, and that the serious academic literature speaks with a single voice on the matter.The Regnerus StudyMark Regnerus’s much-bruited study takes an innovative approach to solving the difficulties of generating a large sample of parents in same-sex relationships. Working with the internet-polling firm Knowledge Networks, now acquired by GfK, Regnerus contacted over 15,000 young and early-middle-aged adults and asked them about their childhoods, including whether at least one of their parents had been involved in a same-sex relationship while they were growing up.Going Straight to the Source: The Advantages and Limitations of Census DataOf course, even with the reach of a professional internet-polling firm and a survey of over 15,000 individuals, sampling bias can intrude itself, as people cannot be compelled to respond. Moreover, the relative rarity of parents in same-sex relationships means that even a sample size in the tens of thousands of individuals will yield a relatively small set of parents in same-sex relationships, attenuating statistical power. The only way you could avoid these problems would be to get the Census Bureau to conduct your survey as part of the decennial census, to which individuals are required by law to respond.Does Family Instability Cause Children of Same-Sex Couples to Fare Worse?Allen, Pakaluk, and Price then go on to show that Rosenfeld’s finding of no difference hinges on two critical decisions: first, he eliminated geographically mobile children who had changed domicile during the preceding five years, and second, he excluded children who had been adopted. Including either group, even with a control variable for the group mean, expands the sample size and increases the power of the tests.Differences between Gay and Lesbian-Headed HouseholdsIn yet another chapter in the new volume, Douglas Allen continues the quest for a large probability sample by working with a 20-percent sample from the 2006 Canadian Census. By 2006, gay and lesbian marriage was legal throughout Canada, and the census question only identified a child as having gay or lesbian parents if she (or he) responded affirmatively to the question, “Are you the child of a (male/female) same-sex married or common-law couple?” This survey provides a glimpse of what society might look like immediately after the legalization of same-sex marriage.Family Instability Harms Kids—But are Same-Sex Families Necessarily Less Stable?The papers in this volume follow a trajectory, from the concerns raised by Loren Marks about small convenience samples, to the large survey conducted by Mark Regnerus, to the gigantic census samples analyzed by Douglas Allen, Catherine Pakaluk, and Joseph Price. A picture emerges: in a cross-section of children raised by parents in same-sex relationships, life outcomes tend to resemble those of children raised by single and divorced parents. So perhaps the mechanism for this process is the instability of the families headed by parents in same-sex relationships?Appendix: Understanding Social Science Research: Bias and PowerThe first question someone not immersed in the empirical social-science literature might ask is, “Why is this so complicated? Aren’t there enough studies already for us to have settled these questions?” Two of the main reasons we still have a lot to learn on this subject have to do with the technical issues of bias and power. These are statistical terms of art with somewhat misleading names.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/02/14465/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=030f0da1f5-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-030f0da1f5-84094405
Loading… Fast-rising teenager Jannik Sinner won his first Grand Slam match Tuesday and basked in praise from Roger Federer, who said “we’ll see a lot more of” the Italian.Advertisement Read Also: Serena: My daughter doesn’t understand mum’s popularity“Because I’m young, forehand and backhand are quite solid. The shot is getting better and better, which is our goal,” he said.“And of course there will be matches where maybe you cannot feel the shot so you have to maybe slow down a little bit, trying to find another solution. You cannot play the whole match with the same speed.“You have to change a little bit the ball some heights, which I have to learn. I have to learn everything.”The 82nd-ranked Sinner next faces Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, who upset Canadian world number 13 Denis Shapovalov in the first round.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 18-year-old, a former champion skier before switching to tennis, swept past Australian Max Purcell 7-6 (7⁄2), 6-2, 6-4 at the Australian Open. Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made The win reinforced Sinner’s credentials after he won the NextGen ATP Finals in Milan last November – a tournament that features the eight best men’s players aged 21 or under.His progress has caught the eye of 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer, who said: “I think we’ll see so much more from him. He’s an exciting guy and super-sweet kid, which I always love to see.”Rafael Nadal has also taken note.The Spanish world number one said he had seen a lot of promising teenagers fail to live up to their potential, but he felt Sinner was different.“Personally I think that this will not be the case because my feeling he’s a humble guy, he’s a hard worker. I practised with him the other day, he has a good character on court, he’s positive,” he said.“I see him having a great tennis career. He has everything to achieve a great tennis career. The only thing that he needs to do, in my opinion, is have the right people around and work.”Sinner, the youngest player in the year-end top 80 last year since a 17-year-old Nadal in 2003, said he was honoured by the comments.“What he (Federer) said is nice for me. But, you know, we still have to work,” said Sinner, who was speaking before Nadal lavished praise.– ‘I have to learn everything’ –Federer played with Sinner, who made his Grand Slam debut at last year’s US Open, losing in the first round to Stan Wawrinka, in Rome last year and also practised with him after the Laureus sports awards in Monaco.“What I like about him is that he’s almost got the same speed of off-shot on forehand, backhand,” said the Swiss great on Monday.“He has great footwork for a big guy, because we forget how tall he is, as well.“And then he can play, again, like most of the best movers in the game right now, he can also play open stance and closed stance, which I think is a huge advantage for movement for the future.”Sinner, who is coached by Riccardo Piatti, who has previously worked with Novak Djokovic, Ivan Ljubicic, and Milos Raonic, welcomed Federer’s input but said he was still improving.
Barbara Rice, 85, of Aurora, IN passed away April 23, 2018. She was born August 27, 1932 in Lawrenceburg, IN daughter of the late George “Happy” and Lora Nehls.Barbara graduated from Lawrenceburg High School, class of 1950. She was a faithful lifelong parishioner of Emanuel Lutheran Church attending the original downtown Lawrenceburg location and continuing to the new location in Greendale.She loved to reminisce about her journeys, travels and adventures as the wife of a Marine Corps officer (RET). The friends she made during each of her husband’s new assignments remained cherished lifelong friends. Barbara was a consummate volunteer including 20 years as a “Pink Lady” at Highpoint Health, substitute teacher and poll worker to name a few. Her group of girlfriends from high school were so near and dear to her and she looked forward to their monthly luncheons. She and her husband, Luther, were very active members of the Dearborn Adult Center and delighted in their bus trips. Barbara and Luther continued their traveling after Luther’s retirement especially enjoying their river boat cruises stateside. She dearly loved her family and always provided a solid shoulder to lean on. Her welcoming smile and wit will be profoundly missed, but cherished in our memories.Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Luther E. Rice (USMC RET) in April 2015, sisters Nancy Lacey and Gwen Ohler. Barbara and Luther were married for 61 years.She is survived by her devoted children, Nancy (Ken) Ray of Aurora, IN, Roxanne (John) Denton, Miamisburg, Ohio and Luther (Janice) Rice of Zionsville, IN. Loving grandchildren, Megan (Aaron) Knoop of Mason, Ohio, Malia Ray M.D. (Scott Kelley, M.D.) of Rochester, MN, Justin (Amy) Ray of Carmel, IN, Austin Denton of Miamisburg, Ohio , Sarah Denton of Miamisburg, Ohio and Luther Rice, Zionsville, IN. Great grandchildren Braydon Denton, Evan Knoop and Claire Knoop.Friends will be received at Emanuel Luther Church, Greendale, IN, 570 Sheldon Street, Greendale, Indiana, from 10 am to noon on Friday April 27 with the funeral service at noon. Interment will be at River View Cemetery, Aurora, IN. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to River View Cemetery Association, Inc.visit:www.rullmans.com