Family Rejection as a Predictor of Negative Health Outcomes in White and Latino Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young Adults

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Objective: We examined specific family rejecting reactions to sexual orientation and gender expression during adolescense as predictors of current health problems in a sample of lesbian, gay and bisexual young adults.

Results: Higher rates of family rejection were significantly associated with poorer health outcomes. On the basis of odds ratios, lesbian, gay and bisexual young adults who reported higher levels of family rejection during adolescense were 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide, 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression, 3.4 times more likely to use illegal drugs, and 3.4 times more likely to report having engaged in uprotected sexual intercourse compared with peers from families that reported no or low levels of family rejection. Latino men reported the highest number of negative family reactions to their sexual orientation in adolescence.

Conclusions: This study establishes a clear link between specific parental and caregiver rejecting behaviors and negative health problems in young lesbian, gay and bisexual adults. Providers who serve this population should assess and help educate families about the impact of rejecting behaviors. Couseling families, providing anticipatory guidance, and referring families for couseling and support can help make a critical difference in helping decrease risk and increase well-being for lesbian, gay and bisexual youth.

To view the entire review: Family Rejection of LGBTQ Youth

Citation:

Ryan, C., Huebner, D., Diaz, R. M., & Sanchez, J., (2009) Family Rejection as a Predictor of Negative Health Outcomes in White and Latino Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Young Adults, Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 123, 346-352

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