Scholarly Saturday- The importance of family support for LGBT.
Family Support is critical to the physical and mental health of our youth. This is amplified when a young person is struggling with issues of gender and sexuality. This may seem obvious, but the work of Ryan et. al. (2010) demonstrates the need to engage with families of these young people. This article can be a great starting point to discuss with families the notion of accepting their children and not rejecting them. We know LGBT youth are at risk but parent involvement is imperative to their physical and mental health.
Ryan,C., Russell, S.T.; Huebner, D.; Diaz, R.; and Sanchez, J. (2010) Family Acceptance in Adolescence and the Healthof LGBT Young Adults. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. Vol 23 (4). 205-13
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