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Sexual Orientation, Parental Support, and Health During the Transition to Young Adulthood

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Youth & Adolescence, April 2010
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2 tweeters

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Title
Sexual Orientation, Parental Support, and Health During the Transition to Young Adulthood
Published in
Journal of Youth & Adolescence, April 2010
DOI 10.1007/s10964-010-9533-6
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Authors

Belinda L. Needham, Erika L. Austin

Abstract

Some recent studies suggest that sexual minorities may have worse health-related outcomes during adolescence because they report lower levels of family connectedness, a key protective resource. Using data from wave 3 of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (n = 11,153; 50.6% female; mean age = 21.8 years), this study extends prior research on adolescents to young adults. We examine whether lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) young adults report lower levels of parental support than their heterosexual peers and whether differences in parental support help explain why LGB young adults tend to have worse health-related outcomes. We find that lesbian and bisexual women report lower levels of parental support than heterosexual women and that gay men report lower levels of parental support than bisexual and heterosexual men. Compared to heterosexual women, lesbian and bisexual women have higher odds of suicidal thoughts and recent drug use; bisexual women also have higher odds of elevated depressive symptomatology and heavy drinking. Gay men have higher odds of suicidal thoughts than heterosexual men. With the exception of heavy drinking, parental support either partially or fully mediates each of the observed associations. Even though the transition from adolescence to young adulthood is characterized by increased independence from parents, parental support remains an important correlate of health-related outcomes during this stage of life. Sexual minorities report lower levels of parental support during young adulthood, which helps explain why they have worse health-related outcomes. Interventions designed to strengthen relationships between LGB young adults and their parents could lead to a reduction in health disparities related to sexual orientation.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 14 5%
United Kingdom 3 1%
Canada 2 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Israel 1 <1%
Unknown 236 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 59 23%
Student > Master 57 22%
Student > Doctoral Student 28 11%
Student > Bachelor 26 10%
Researcher 23 9%
Other 64 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 85 33%
Psychology 83 32%
Unspecified 45 18%
Medicine and Dentistry 23 9%
Nursing and Health Professions 7 3%
Other 14 5%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 13. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 04 July 2019.
All research outputs
#1,149,296
of 13,210,706 outputs
Outputs from Journal of Youth & Adolescence
#158
of 1,175 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#34,880
of 265,535 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Journal of Youth & Adolescence
#4
of 27 outputs
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