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New Research Shows Accepting Families Produce Well Adjusted LGBT Young Adults (alleged “Christians”, Mormons and Hate Groups take heed)

December 13, 2010

A compelling new study adds to the mounting evidence that family acceptance or rejection of adolescent sexual orientation and gender identity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children has a major impact on their mental health as young adults.

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The research shows a clear key link between family acceptance of LGBT adolescents and their well-being into adulthood. The study, directed by Dr. Caitlin Ryan and her team at the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University, was just published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, a publication of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses.

This new research shows for the first time that family acceptance not only has a protective effect against negative outcomes, including suicide attempts, depression and substance abuse, it also has significant positive effects, including enhanced self-esteem, social support and general health. In addition, those from accepting homes express a greater optimism that they can be happy as adults and have a greater desire to be parents themselves.

An especially important finding for Mormon parents, leaders and congregations in the current study is the relationship between attempted suicide in adulthood and low family acceptance during adolescence. LGBT young adults who report extremely low family acceptance during adolescence are more than three times as likely to have tried to take their own lives, compared with peers from highly accepting families.

These findings have great significance for communities within the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since LDS LGBT youth are among these unfortunate casualties. In fact, suicide is the leading cause of death for adolescent males in Utah, ages 15 to 19, who die at nearly double the national average.

One additional finding of this study that may have special significance for Latter-day Saints (LDS youth and families were included in this research) is that high religious commitment in families is strongly associated with low acceptance of LGBT children.

via Guidance for LDS families with LGBT children | The Salt Lake Tribune.