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Monday, March 15, 2010

Study: Acceptance Is Crucial For Gay Youths

"LGB young adults who reported higher levels of family rejection during adolescence were 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide."
David Ellison reports:
A study called "Family Rejection as a Predictor of Negative Health Outcomes in White and Latino Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Young Adults" appeared in the January 2009 issue of the prestigious journal Pediatrics. It documented the relationship between how parents respond to the news that their child is gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and the later physical, emotional and social risks that child faces.

This study was the first to bring to light the power parents have to affect the lives of their LGB children — either to protect them from a hostile society, or to set them up to be its tormented victims.

Specifically, "LGB young adults who reported higher levels of family rejection during adolescence were 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide, 5.9 times more likely to report illegal drug use, and 3.4 times more likely to report having engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse, compared with peers from families with no or low levels of family rejection." READ MORE
The Trevor Project:
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. LEARN MORE

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