The LGBT Health & Development Program

A story of family acceptance

Posted on January 4th, 2011 by Dr. Mustanski in Allies, Families Blog, Research Blog, Youth Blog. No Comments

Always My Son is one of a series of short documentary films that are being produced by the Family Acceptance Project to help ethnically and religiously diverse families decrease their LGBT children’s risk for suicide, substance abuse, depression, HIV, homelessness and placement in foster care or juvenile justice settings — by increasing family support. The video series are being developing as part of a range of research-based intervention resources — including a new evidence-based family approach to help diverse families support their LGBT children. These resources are based on research conducted  at San Francisco State University. Their research shows that family accepting and rejecting behaviors have a compelling impact on their LGBT children’s health and mental health.

Our team has published work that similarly shows the importance of family support in reducing risk for HIV infection among young gay and bisexual men.  You can read our article on this topic from the Journal of Adolescent Health for free by clicking on the journal image.

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