Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth and Family Acceptance

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2016 Dec;63(6):1011-1025. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2016.07.005.


In this article, we address theories of attachment and parental acceptance and rejection, and their implications for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youths' identity and health. We also provide 2 clinical cases to illustrate the process of family acceptance of a transgender youth and a gender nonconforming youth who was neither a sexual minority nor transgender. Clinical implications of family acceptance and rejection of LGBT youth are discussed.

Keywords: Acceptance; Family; LGBT; Support; Youth.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Family / psychology*
  • Family Relations / psychology*
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health*
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Sexual and Gender Minorities / psychology*
  • Socioeconomic Factors