A Comparison of Sexual Minority Youth Who Attend Religiously Affiliated Schools and Their Nonreligious-School-Attending Counterparts

Brandon T. Stewart, Nicholas C. Heck, Bryan N. Cochran

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Abstract

Sexual minority youth are an at-risk group for negative health outcomes. The present study compares descriptive characteristics and outness of sexual minority youth who attend religious schools to sexual minorities who do not attend religious schools, and also investigates if attending religiously affiliated schools is associated with levels of alcohol use and school belonging among sexual minority youth. Results indicated that sexual minority youth attending religiously affiliated schools reported more alcohol-related problems and were less likely to be “out” to students and teachers at their schools when compared to their nonreligious-school-attending counterparts. Attendance at a religiously affiliated school was not associated with school belonging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-188
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of LGBT Youth
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • LGBT youth
  • religious schools
  • sexual minority youth

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