This quantitative study explored the role of family acceptance as a protective factor for LGBT youth and young adults. The survey was given to 43 participants, between 20 to 29 years old, with 17 self-identified as bisexual, 14 lesbian, 10 gay, and 2 transgendered. The findings show that higher levels of family acceptance are a significant predictor for higher reports in general health. Lower levels of family acceptance was found to be a significant predictor for higher reports of depressive symptoms, lower self-esteem, and higher reports of negative experiences with substance use. Furthermore, data collected from this study reveals the level of family religiosity to be a significant predictor of family acceptance. LGBT adolescents have a variety of needs that can be met by educating parents and health care professionals about the importance of adopting supportive behaviors and promoting acceptance of LGBT identity.
|Commitee:||Campbell, Venetta, Santhiveeran, Janaki|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, GLBT Studies, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Adolescents, Family acceptance, Health, LGBT, Quantitative, Retrospective|
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