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Parents’ influence on the health of lesbian, gay, and bisexual teens: what parents and families should know
  • Published Date:
    November 2013
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF - 254.39 KB]


Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (U.S.). Division of Adolescent and School Health.
  • Description:
    Overview -- How Parents Make a Difference -- Specific Actions for Parents: Talk and listen; Provide support; Stay involved; Be proactive.

    The teen years can be a challenging time for young people and their parents. This fact sheet provides information on how parents can promote positive health outcomes for their lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) teen. The information is based on a review of published studies1, which found that parents play an important role in shaping the health of their LGB teen.

    When LGB teens share their sexual orientation2 (or even if they choose not to share it), they may feel rejected by important people in their lives, including their parents. This rejection can negatively influence an LGB teen’s overall well-being.

    On the other hand, a positive family environment, with high levels of parental support and low levels of conflict, is associated with LGB youth who experience healthy emotional adjustment. These teens are less likely to engage in sexual risk behaviors and be involved in violence.

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