Envisioning an America without sexual orientation inequities in adolescent health

Brian Mustanski*, Michelle Birkett, George J. Greene, Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, Michael E. Newcomb

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Abstract

This article explicates a vision for social change throughout multiple levels of society necessary to eliminate sexual orientation health disparities in youths. We utilized the framework of Bronfenbrenner's ecological theory of development, amultisystemicmodel of development that considers direct and indirect influences of multiple levels of the environment. Within this multisystem model we discuss societal and political influences, educational systems, neighborhoods and communities, romantic relationships, families, and individuals. We stress that continued change toward equity in the treatment of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths across these levels will break down the barriers for these youths to achieve healthy development on par with their heterosexual peers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-225
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume104
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014

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Sexual Behavior
Heterosexuality
Reproductive Health
Social Change
Sexual Minorities
Adolescent Health
Therapeutics

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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