Sexual orientation, parental support, and health during the transition to young adulthood. The impact of different working models of attachment and links to adaptation. Those who work with adolescents need to be aware that some will recognize their sexual orientation as gay, lesbian, or bisexual during this time of their lives. Attachment patterns in childhood are partly related to character traits in adulthood, and have implications for emotion regulation from the perspective of coping with stress, as detailed elsewhere. No, human beings cannot choose to be either gay homosexual or straight heterosexual. Is sexual orientation related to mental health problems and suicidality in young people? Victimization experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals:
A study of early adolescents found that gender nonconformity was associated with increased victimization by peers.
The effects of traditional family values on the coming out process of gay male adolescents.
Wilson and Rahman argue the other determinant of sexual orientation is hormonal exposure during pregnancy. Among sexual minority youth, adolescents whose mothers responded positively to their sexual orientation disclosure were less likely to use substances compared to those who had not disclosed their orientation to their parents or whose mothers and fathers did not react positively. A recent study found that sexual minority youth were bullied as early as fifth grade, which is before the majority of sexual minority youth are aware of their sexual orientation or disclose it to others. Improvement in depression was observed with disclosure to the mother, but depression recurred following subsequent negative or ambivalent parental responses. Indeed, the more biological older brothers a man has, the greater his likelihood of being gay. Knowledge of these deviations from expectation, coupled with negative attitudes, may lead such parents to be less supportive of their child, or reject them.
Coming out to families in a multicultural context. Attempts have been made to understand sexual orientation and gender identity-related health disparities among youth. Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer. In an enlightened, gay-affirming society, more people might be inclined to explore same-sex desire. These are all sexualities.