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Gay and Lesbian Adolescents

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Joe Graves

on 21 November 2013

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Transcript of Gay and Lesbian Adolescents

Gay and Lesbian Adolescents
Root Issues
Internalizing
Issues

Resolving Root Issues

Family Dynamics
Peers and School
Media
Coming Out
Community
Anxiety
Low Self-Esteem
Depression
Anger
Resentment
Externalizing
Issues

Substance Abuse
Suicide
Risky
Behavior
Parents
Schools
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Four stages of coming out
Takes longer for:
African Americans
Latinos
Less likely to come out to parents
Parental acceptance is important
Identity Formation
Accepting Community
Rejecting Community
Religion
1 out of 3 gay teens attempt suicide
4 times more likely to attempt suicide
Bullying
Rates of substance abuse are higher among LG adolescents
6 times more likely to abuse drugs if they were rejected by their parents.
Show Support and Understanding
Keep Communication going
Talk to your adolescent about safe sex
Focus on problem solving and coping skills
Be aware of your own bias and how you conduct yourself around your LGBT adolescent
Encourage Respect
"Safe Space"
Student-led Organizations
Health Curricula
Access to Community-Based Providers
Friends and Peers
Eliminate the "Gay" word
Substitute words like "weird", "dumb", "ridiculous", ETC.
Show acceptance and support
Listen
Decreases likelihood of risk behaviors
Homelessness
Sexual Risks
TV shows often reinforce heterosexual norms and stereotypes about homosexual traits such as gay men being feminine, flamboyant, and promiscuous
(Battles and Morrow-Hilton)
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