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ERIC Number: EJ928892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0197-6664
Effects of Family and Friend Support on LGB Youths' Mental Health and Sexual Orientation Milestones
Shilo, Guy; Savaya, Riki
Family Relations, v60 n3 p318-330 Jul 2011
This study examined the effects of social support components and providers on mental health and sexual orientation (SO) milestones of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youths. Data were collected on 461 self-identified LGB adolescents and young adults. Family acceptance and support yielded the strongest positive effect on self-acceptance of SO, whereas friends' support and acceptance yielded the strongest positive effect on disclosure of SO. Family support had the strongest negative effect on youth's mental distress, whereas friends' and family support had the strongest positive effect on well-being. These findings highlight the importance of the daily perceptions of LGB youth within social and familial settings, indicating that both positive and negative aspects of support affect youths' mental health and identity development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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