Mental Health Promotion in Schools

Volume: 2

Creating Safer Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Youth and Families: Opportunities for School Mental Health Promotion

Author(s): Carly A. Scarton and Elizabeth A. Mellin

Pp: 131-155 (25)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681083230116020009

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As schools reflect the sociopolitical climate of the country, educators and school mental health professionals are increasingly attending to the school climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, a nd transgender (LGBT) youth as well as children raised in LGBT-headed households. This chapter provides school mental health professionals and educators with a summary of LGBT issues common in school settings as well as concomitant impacts on the mental health of LGBT students and families. Lastly, this chapter offers pragmatic thoughts for creating safer school environments that promote mental health for all students.

Keywords: Bisexual, Coming out, Discrimination, Diversity, Gay, Harassment, Lesbian, Sexual identity, Sexual orientation, Stigma, Transgender.

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