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ERIC Number: EJ1004032
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 74
ISSN: ISSN-0161-5653
School Climate, Individual Support, or Both? Gay-Straight Alliances and the Mental Health of Sexual Minority Youth
Walls, N. Eugene; Wisneski, Hope; Kane, Sarah
School Social Work Journal, v37 n2 p88-111 Mar 2013
Using a sample of 284 sexual minority youth and young adults, this paper examines the relationships between mental health variables, the absence or presence of a gay-straight alliance, and membership status in a gay-straight alliance. The results suggest that the presence of a gay-straight alliance in a school or college, rather than actual membership in the club, is correlated with decreased suicidality, while substance use and comfort with gender expression is correlated with membership specifically. Implications for social work practice and future research are suggested. (Contains 4 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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