WASHINGTON, D.C., May 1, 2021 – A new study, released today at the American Psychiatric Association’s 2021 Annual Meeting, held online, examines the relationship between parental acceptance of lesbian and gay children’s sexual orientation and their mental health in later life. The study finds that a consistent perspective, even negative, leads to better outcomes for lesbian and gay people, than parents with changing perspectives.
Lesbian and gay individuals experience higher rates of mental health and substance use disorders than the general population, while also dealing with varying parental responses to disclosure of sexual orientation. Previous research has shown a negative relationship between levels of parental support and mental health or substance use disorders at one point in time. This study looked at the effect...Read More