Psychology and Social Sciences


Lauren Burch



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Lauren Burch, HON 400: All College Honors Colloquium
Faculty Mentors: Professor Catherine Mazzotta, Social Work and Professor Michael Johnson, Modern and Classical Languages

LGBTQ+ adolescents present and are diagnosed with mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, at higher rates than their straight and cisgender counterparts. Widespread failure to address the specific needs of LGBTQ+ adolescents by schools, health care providers, and communities has prevented equal access to resources and necessary accommodations for the challenges they face. Factors that contribute to the increased rates of mental health disorders among this group will be examined using quantitative and qualitative studies that discuss the barriers and challenges faced by LGBTQ+ adolescents. This project will help create a comprehensive understanding of the factors associated with the increased levels of mental health disorders among this population. This project will also suggest changes that are needed to develop LGBTQ+ culturally sensitive and accessible supports for LGBTQ+ adolescents burdened by behavioral health issues.

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Factors that Contribute to Mental Health Disorders Among LGBTQ+ Adolescents
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