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Do Say Gay: Inclusive Sexuality Discussions Between Parent and Son Significance

Author: University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Author Contact: nursing.upenn.edu
Published: 7th Sep 2022
Peer-Reviewed Publication: N/A
Additional References: LGBTQ+ Coming Out Publications

Summary: LGBTQ youth perspectives on how or if parent-child discussions at home about health and sexuality sufficiently meet their sexual education needs.

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Generation Z

Generation Z (Gen Z), colloquially known as zoomers, is the demographic cohort succeeding Millennials and preceding Generation Alpha. The name Generation Z refers to the fact that it is the second generation after Generation X, continuing the alphabetical sequence from Generation Y (Millennials). Researchers and popular media use the mid to late 1990s as starting birth years and the early 2010s as ending birth years. Most members of Generation Z are children of Generation X. Around the world, members of Generation Z are spending more time on electronic devices and less time reading books than before, with implications for their attention spans, vocabularies, academic performance, and future economic contributions. In many countries, Gen Z youth are more likely to be diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and psychiatric disorders than older generations.

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Do Say Gay: Inclusive Sexuality Discussions for Out, Closeted, Questioning, and Straight Youth

Data show that Generation Z youth are coming out earlier than previous generations of sexual and gender-diverse individuals. However, little is known about LGBTQ youth's perspectives on how or if parent-child discussions at home about health and sexuality sufficiently meet their sexual education needs.

A new study led by an investigator from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) has explored the perspectives of gay, bisexual, and queer (GBQ) cisgender males about inclusive parent-child sex communication. It underscores the importance of inclusive sexuality conversations between parent and child for closeted, questioning, or heterosexual youth.

The article detailing the study, "Do Say Gay: Inclusive Sexuality Discussions for Out, Closeted, Questioning, and Straight Youth," has been published online first in the Journal of Pediatric Healthcare. It shares study participants' insight about how inclusive conversations about sex and sexuality can reduce internalized GBQ stigma and promote a sense of support among adolescents, as their parents are often trusted resources for information and guidance.

"Additionally, findings from this study underscore the significance of inclusive sex communication between parents and their children and that the benefits of these conversations can reach beyond GBQ youth such that even heterosexual children who receive inclusive information from parents can be understanding and potential allies of their GBQ peers," says Penn Nursing's Dalmacio Flores, Ph.D., ACRN, Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Department of Family and Community Health and lead investigator of the study.

The study ( jpedhc.org/article/S0891-5245(22)00210-3/fulltext ) further describes the importance of such parent-child discussions, including influencing sexual behavior and sexual health to help delay adolescent sexual debut and reduce early HIV/STI infections.

Co-authors of the article include Lloyd Allen, Ph.D., of Wayne State University and Jacqueline A. Bannon, Ph.D., RN, of Northwestern University.

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• (APA): University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. (2022, September 7). Do Say Gay: Inclusive Sexuality Discussions Between Parent and Son Significance. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved April 13, 2024 from www.sexualdiversity.org/sexuality/out/1015.php


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