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Family Acceptance in Adolescence and the Health of LGBT Young Adults

In the study titled Family Acceptance in Adolescence and the Health of LGBT Young Adults, the authors explored the role of family acceptance as a protective factor for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adolescents and young adults. The study utilized a quantitative measure with items derived from prior qualitative work retrospectively assessed family accepting behaviors in response to LGBT adolescents’ sexual orientation and gender expression and their relationship to mental health, substance abuse, and sexual risk in young adults (N = 245).

The study found family acceptance predicts greater self-esteem, social support, and general health status; it also protects against depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation and behaviors.

The authors concluded that family acceptance of LGBT adolescents is associated with positive young adult mental and physical health. Interventions that promote parental and caregiver acceptance of LGBT adolescents are needed to reduce health disparities.

Link to Resource: http://familyproject.sfsu.edu/files/FAP_Family Acceptance_JCAPN.pdf
Organization: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Author(s): Caitlin Ryan, Stephen T. Russell, David Huebner, Rafael Diaz and Jorge Sanchez
Date: 2010

Category:Sector -> Behavioral health
Category:Topic Area -> Disparities and equity
Category:Topic Area -> Mental health and mental health problems
Category:Topic Area -> Alcohol tobacco and other drug use
Category:Population -> Adolescents
Category:Population -> Sexual and gender minorities
Category:Intervention -> Research
Category:Type of Resource -> Journal article


  • Sector
  • Topic Area
  • Disparities and equity
  • Mental health and mental health problems
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