March 11, 2015
Writing for HealthDay, Robert Preidt summarizes a recent study in which scientists set out to discover who had the best outcome, high school students who hid their sexual orientation, or those who were open about themselves.
“We know from our other studies that requiring LGBT adolescents to keep their LGBT identities secret or not to talk about them is associated with depression, suicidal behavior, illegal drug use and risk for HIV. And helping them learn about and disclose their LGBT identity to others helps protect against risk and helps promote self-esteem and overall health.” – study co-author Caitlin Ryan, director of the Family Acceptance Project in San Francisco.
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