For lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals, how their parents react when they come out can have a positive influence on their mental and physical health.  A recent study conducted by the Boston University School of Public Health found that two thirds of those who received positive support from their parents experienced significantly fewer mental health and substance abuse problems than those who did not receive positive support.  Considering the high rates of suicide and self-harm among lesbian, gay and bisexual youths, “The way that parents treat their children when they come out is an important public health topic that has received too little attention to date,” said Emily Rothman, Ph.D.

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