Family Reactions to Their LGBTQ Children Have a Powerful Impact on Their Children’s Health Risks & Well-Being
When the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) launched the first research on LGBTQ youth and families 20 years ago, they found that families have a compelling impact on their LGBTQ children’s health and well-being.
FAP’s research found that families were motivated by trying to help their LGBTQ children have a good life, be respected by others and keep their families together but parents and caregivers didn’t realize the impact their reactions had on their LGBTQ children’s self-worth, hopefulness. risk, behaviors and self-care. At that time, researchers had not studied the experiences of LGBTQ youth and families and did not know how family reactions affected their LGBTQ children.