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UT-Austin Investigates Regnerus for Gay Parenting Study

University's inquiry into "scientific misconduct" prompted by blogger's complaint.

The University of Texas is investigating allegations of "scientific misconduct" against sociology professor Mark Regnerus over his recent high-profile survey of children whose parents have had same-sex relationships.

A panel of UT professors will examine Regnerus's methodology in response to a complaint by a blogger on LGBT issues that the study was "designed so as to be guaranteed to make gay people look bad" and was funded by conservative groups, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The Journal of Social Science Research, which published Regnerus's study, has also received criticisms of the study's methodology.

Regnerus, whose study found that young-adult children of parents who have had same-sex relationships are more likely to experience emotional and social problems, told the American-Statesman that his methodology was developed by a team of leading family researchers and approved by the university's Institutional Review Board.

An influential group of social scientists–including ...

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