Teen dating violence intervention
How parents engage with their LGB teen can have a tremendous impact on their adolescent’s current and future mental and physical health.On the other hand, unsupportive parents who react negatively to learning that their daughter or son is LGB can make it harder for their teen to thrive.LGB youth are at greater risk for depression, suicide, substance use, and sexual behaviors that can place them at increased risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).Schools can implement evidence-based policies, procedures, and activities designed to promote a healthy environment for all youth, including LGB students.For youth to thrive in schools and communities, they need to feel socially, emotionally, and physically safe and supported.A positive school climate has been associated with decreased depression, suicidal feelings, substance use, and unexcused school absences among LGB students.
Positive parenting practices, such as having honest and open conversations, can help reduce teen health risk behaviors.
Historically, YRBS and other studies have gathered data on lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth but have not included questions about transgender and questioning/queer youth.
As that changes and data becomes available, this content will be updated to include information regarding transgender and questioning/queer youth.
You can print free posters from the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and use them to start a conversation about healthy relationships.
For information on dating violence training that may be available in your area, contact your local Domestic Violence Program.
Positive environments can help all youth achieve good grades and maintain good mental and physical health.