Study finds that family acceptance could save LGBT youths

Published: December 6, 2010

For the very first time, researchers have established a clear link between accepting familial attitudes and behaviors toward their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children and a significantly decreased risk and better overall health in adulthood.

The California Endowment funded study, “Family Acceptance in Adolescence and the Health of LGBT Young Adults,” is published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing and has successfully explored a world of study that no other researcher has yet pursued.

The study, authored by Dr. Caitlin Ryan and her team from the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University, has critical implications for changing how families relate to their LGBT children and how LGBT youth are served by a wide range of providers across disciplines and systems of care, including custodial care systems such as foster care.

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