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Depression Research and Treatment
Volume 2017, Article ID 4981984, 1 page
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/4981984
Expression of Concern

Expression of Concern on “Invisible Victims: Delayed Onset Depression among Adults with Same-Sex Parents”

Depression Research and Treatment

Received 21 August 2017; Accepted 21 August 2017; Published 22 August 2017

Copyright © 2017 Depression Research and Treatment. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


On behalf of Hindawi Limited, the publisher of Depression Research and Treatment, we would like to express our concern with the article titled “Invisible Victims: Delayed Onset Depression among Adults with Same-Sex Parents” published in Depression Research and Treatment in 2016 [1].

The article has been cited to support arguments about same-sex marriage that Hindawi believes to be hateful and wrong. These arguments do not represent the views of Hindawi, our staff, or the editorial board of Depression Research and Treatment. We strongly condemn any attempt to justify hate speech or bigotry through reference to the scholarly record.

In June 2016, several readers raised concerns about this article. At that time, we evaluated the article’s peer review process and brought several concerns to the handling editor’s attention. These included: the study’s small sample of same-sex parents, the lack of discussion of other influences such as family breakup on the wellbeing of the children included in the study, the implied causation in the title “Invisible Victims,” and the potential conflict of interest implied by the author’s position as a Catholic priest.

The handling editor believed the article’s reviewers addressed these concerns, and the author made sufficient revisions to the article to address these flaws. In the editor’s opinion, the limitations of the study did not warrant further correction or retraction. As publisher, Hindawi does not overrule the editorial decisions of our academic editors in such cases.

Nevertheless, Hindawi felt it was important for the criticisms of this study to become part of the scientific record. We invited Dr. Nathaniel Frank, a critic of the article and director of the “What We Know” project (http://whatweknow.law.columbia.edu/) at Columbia Law School, to publish a letter to the editor in Depression Research and Treatment making these concerns visible to the journal’s readers [2]. That letter is available at https://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/3185067. We also published a subsequent response from Dr. Sullins [3].

References

  1. D. Paul Sullins, “Invisible victims: delayed onset depression among adults with same-sex parents,” Depression Research and Treatment, vol. 2016, Article ID 2410392, 8 pages, 2016. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  2. N. Frank, “Comment on ‘invisible victims: delayed onset depression among adults with same-sex parents’,” Depression Research and Treatment, vol. 2016, Article ID 3185067, 2 pages, 2016. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  3. D. P. Sullins, “Response to: comment on ‘invisible victims: delayed onset depression among adults with same-sex parents’,” Depression Research and Treatment, vol. 2016, Article ID 6834618, 3 pages, 2016. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus