Despite the profound impact that parent responses have on a child’s health, we know relatively little about how parents themselves experience the news that they have an LGB child, and interventions to support and guide parents who have an LGB child are limited and currently lack empirical support. This article summarizes the literature on parents’ responses to having an LGB child, and describes the available interventions for these families. It also describes our team’s recent efforts to develop, disseminate, and evaluate Lead with Love, an online film-based intervention for parents of LGB youth.
- Discuss the importance of the role that an individual's family plays in shaping the health of an LGBT adolescent.
- Identify resources for parents who are struggling to cope with the news that they have an LGBT child.
- Assess the approaches for parents to use to process the news that they have an LGBT child.
Huebner, D.M. (2013). Leading with Love: Interventions to Support Families of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adolescents. The Register Report, 39.