According to SIECUS, more than local disputes over sexuality education occurred in all 50 states between and A biobehavioral model distinguishing romantic love and sexual desire. Many teens tell a sibling or cousin before they tell a parent, and often an adolescent chooses one parent to tell first. They may ask their paediatrician or family doctor for their advice. Psychosocial issues in primary care of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Same-sex attraction, drug injection, and binge drinking among Australian adolescents.
School-Based Sexuality Education: The Issues and Challenges
Medical issues Gay, lesbian and bisexual youth have the same diversity of health care needs as heterosexual adolescents, including chronic illness, disabilities, sports injuries and even contraception. Reducing risk for illicit drug use and prescription drug misuse: In terms of eating-disordered behaviors, studies in the U. For example, while laws and policies in 23 states specified that all sexuality education must include instruction about abstinence, only 13 states required such courses to cover contraceptive methods. Teens who are in the process of coming to a homosexual identity may agonize about telling their parents. Although there have only been a few studies incorporating protective factors, the answer is generally, yes, protective factors work similarly for LGBQ adolescents.
Sexual Attraction and Orientation
Some theoretical explanations create a combined approach, suggesting, for example, that the stigma of a non-heterosexual orientation may actually spur the higher rates of those general risk factors among LGBQ adolescents Busseri et al. Teens who are in the process of coming to a homosexual identity may agonize about telling their parents. Yet, beginning in , the past decade or so has seen a huge increase in research on sexual orientation in adolescence, across a variety of disciplines, including education, family studies, genetics, medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology, public health, social work, and sociology. Conversion and reparative therapies should not be provided because they do not work, and have the potential to heighten guilt and anxiety. However, one study exploring substance use that tested sexual abuse as a mediating factor did not find significant associations Rosario et al. Young people from ethnic or racial minorities may be at increased risk, with feelings of vulnerability and a perception of increased stress
Same-sex romantic attraction and experiences of violence in adolescence. Studies that include multiple measures of orientation reveal another important issue: Sexual orientation, sexual behaviors, and pregnancy among American Indian adolescents. The teen may experience identity confusion at this point, being aware of same-sex attractions but in turmoil about it. A Massachusetts USA study 5 found that 2.