Family Acceptance in Adolescence and the Health of LGBT Young Adults
Article first published online: 15 NOV 2010
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Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Volume 23, Issue 4, pages 205–213, November 2010
How to Cite
Ryan, C., Russell, S. T., Huebner, D., Diaz, R. and Sanchez, J. (2010), Family Acceptance in Adolescence and the Health of LGBT Young Adults. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 23: 205–213. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6171.2010.00246.x
- Issue published online: 15 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 15 NOV 2010
- Gender identity;
- LGBT adolescent;
- protective factors;
- sexual orientation;
ISSUE: The role of family acceptance as a protective factor for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adolescents and young adults has not been established.
METHODS: 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).
FINDINGS: Family acceptance predicts greater self-esteem, social support, and general health status; it also protects against depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation and behaviors.
CONCLUSIONS: 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.