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J Marital Fam Ther. 2000 Oct;26(4):433-42.

Generating stories of resilience: helping gay and lesbian youth and their families.

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Human Sexuality Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, AB, Canada.

Abstract

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth have often been forgotten in the provision of care to families. Not only are 10%-12% of all youth lesbian, gay, or bisexual, they all have families of origin and many also have "families of choice" that are dramatically increasing the numbers of persons who are directly affected. These youth can suffer disqualification ranging from internalized poor esteem and suicidality to physical danger, often at the hands of those very persons who are expected to care for them--families, educators, and health care providers. This article examines both how homophobia and heterosexism are both manifest and recovered from using case examples and offering therapeutic suggestions to clinicians.

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