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LGB youth rejected by their fathers over their sexual orientation are nearly twice as likely to attempt suicide. Of those who attempt suicide, 48% report rejection from their fathers, and 28% report rejection from their mothers. The researchers noted that many of the suicide attempts occurred in the same year that youth came out to their parents. Family rejection is significantly associated with poorer health outcomes for LGBTQ youth. A study of 528 LGB youth found that those who report family rejection were over 8 times as likely to attempt suicide, almost 6 times as likely to be depressed. Psychological abuse and efforts to discourage gender-atypical behavior were associated with increased risk of suicide attempts. Similarly, a study of 224 LGB youth found that family rejection was associated with increased rates of reports of attempted suicide, depression, and other risky behaviors. Gay and trans teens rejected by their parents over their sexual identity were over 8 times as likely to attempt suicide, compared with gay and trans youth who report low rejection levels. A US study found that 40% of LGB youth had been violently attacked, with 61% of attacks being perpetrated by family members.Download the pdf here
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