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Resilience and coping skills in gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents

25 July 2003


Gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) adolescents must develop and adjust to the heterosexist attitudes of mainstream society. Living in a heterosexist environment places these adolescents at an increased risk for anxiety, depression, discrimination, abuse, and suicide. Although GLB adolescents struggle through difficult times most of them develop into happy, self-sustaining adults. A number of researchers have pointed out that they possess coping skills and abilities that can lead to resilience and positive development. This paper reviews the literature on both the challenges faced by GLB adolescents and their resilience and coping skills, and recommends that more research focus on resilience in this population.


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