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Am J Public Health. 2002 May;92(5):773-7.

Challenges faced by homeless sexual minorities: comparison of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender homeless adolescents with their heterosexual counterparts.

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Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle 98195, USA. cochranb@u.washington.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The goal of this study was to identify differences between gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) homeless youths and their heterosexual counterparts in terms of physical and mental health difficulties.

METHODS:

A sample of 84 GLBT adolescents was matched in regard to age and self-reported gender with 84 heterosexual adolescents. The 2 samples were compared on a variety of psychosocial variables.

RESULTS:

GLBT adolescents left home more frequently, were victimized more often, used highly addictive substances more frequently, had higher rates of psychopathology, and had more sexual partners than heterosexual adolescents.

CONCLUSIONS:

Homeless youths who identify themselves as members of sexual minority groups are at increased risk for negative outcomes. Recommendations for treatment programs and implications for public health are discussed.

PMID:
11988446
PMCID:
PMC1447160
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.92.5.773
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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