As it turns out, coming out of the closet is good for your health -- if your family members are supportive, that is.
A new study conducted by the Boston University School of Public Health found that two thirds of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults in a representative Massachusetts sample experienced significantly less mental health and substance abuse problems if they received positive support from their parents after coming out.
"Given the high rates of suicide and self-harm among lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) youth–and the high costs of treating mental-health and substance-abuse disorders—it’s critical that we understand what we can do to promote better health for LGB kids," Emily Rothman, Ph.D, who co-authored the study with her colleagues, told PsychCentral. "The way that parents treat their LGB children when they come out is an important public health topic that has received too little attention to date."
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