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Gay children and suicidality: The importance of nurturance

McAndrew, S and Warne, AR 2012, 'Gay children and suicidality: The importance of nurturance' , Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33 (6) , pp. 348-354.

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Abstract

Suicidality among young people is a global concern, with international studies demonstrating an increased prevalence among young gay men. Being gay is not inevitably linked to mental illness, but growing up gay in a heterosexist society can compromise mental well being. This qualitative study, using free association narrative interviewing, offers an in-depth understanding of gay men’s experience. One shared experience that emerged was “knowing and not knowing,” the story of gay children growing up in a heterosexist society. This story provides valuable insights for mental health nurses becoming more attuned to the importance of providing professional nurturing of gay children.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
Journal or Publication Title: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0161-2840
Depositing User: SL McAndrew
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2012 10:06
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:28
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/22836

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