Supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender child or adolescent

Caroline Dorsen, Miles Harris, Shyvon Paul

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Abstract

The vast majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children face similar developmental hurdles as their heterosexual and cisgender (non-transgender) peers, and grow up to be happy, healthy, resilient adults. However, research suggests that LGBTQ+ children also face a number of special challenges that may impact self-esteem, social-emotional development, behavioral risk taking, and mental and physical health. This chapter synthesizes available evidence to help identify and intercept issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity among children and adolescents and offers suggestions for caring for this increasingly visible, vulnerable, and wonderful population. LGBTQ+ youth face dual challenges-the expected developmental and social hurdles of childhood and adolescence combined with the struggles inherent in recognizing and accepting one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity, including external and internal experiences of stigma and marginalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBehavioral Pediatric Healthcare for Nurse Practitioners
Subtitle of host publicationA Growth and Developmental Approach to Intercepting Abnormal Behaviors
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Pages451-463
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780826116819
ISBN (Print)9780826118677
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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    Dorsen, C., Harris, M., & Paul, S. (2018). Supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender child or adolescent. In Behavioral Pediatric Healthcare for Nurse Practitioners: A Growth and Developmental Approach to Intercepting Abnormal Behaviors (pp. 451-463). Springer Publishing Company. https://doi.org/10.1891/9780826116819.0034