Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Family acceptance of lesbian gay bi transgender: A protective factor for mental and physical health status in emerging adulthood
by Dugenia, Annasel P., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 71; 10011273
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lam, Brian
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, LGBTQ studies, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Adolescents, Family acceptance, Health, LGBT, Quantitative, Retrospective
Publication Number: 10011273
ISBN: 978-1-339-47132-7
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