Family Acceptance Project: Reducing Mental Health Disparities among LGBT Youth & Young Adults

The Family Acceptance Project™ is the only community research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to decrease major health and related risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, such as suicide, substance abuse, HIV and homelessness – in the context of their families. The program uses a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families decrease rejection and increase support for their LGBT children.

The family education booklets provide key information from research on how families can help support their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and are available in English, Spanish, Chinese and a Faith-based version.

Population of focus: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and young adults

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Organization: San Francisco State University

Date: 2009

References: Ryan C et al. Family Acceptance in Adolescence and the Health of LGBT Young Adults. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, Volume 23(4), pp. 205–213, 2010.

Helping Families Support Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Children. By Caitlin Ryan, Ph.D., A.C.S.W. Director, Family Acceptance Project™ – San Francisco State University