Family Rejection And Its Effects On Children

2402 WordsDec 8, 201610 Pages
Family rejection can lead to higher levels of depression, suicide attempts, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS infection in LGBT+ youth. With such a group already having a heightened risk of experiencing these problems, rejection and abuse can become the tipping point for many. In the LGBT+ community, hate is not uncommon. But when it is coming from a parent or sibling, it becomes extremely personal and damaging. According to Dr. Caitlin Ryan, who lead research done by the Family Acceptance Project on the effects of rejection on LBGT+ youth, “Our research has established a predictive link between specific negative family reactions to their child’s sexual orientation and serious health problems for these adolescents in young adulthood - such as depression, illegal drug use, risk for HIV infection and suicide attempts” (“Family”). This means that when a parent rejects their child, they are putting them in danger of possibly fatal consequences. The differences in the health risks of a supported and accepted LGBT+ teen compared to those of someone who has experienced rejection are staggering. As found in the same study done by the Family Acceptance Project, youth who had faced rejection during their childhood were 8.4 times more likely than those who didn’t to attempt suicide, 5.9 times more likely to experience high levels of depression, 3.4 times more likely to utilize illegal drugs, and 3.4 times more likely to have had unprotected sex (“Family”). In simpler words, LBGT+ young
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