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Are kids from devoutly Christian families with same-sex attraction at higher risk of suicide?
In the absence of any data supporting an association between traditional religious beliefs and increases in suicidal thinking or behavior in children and adolescents, suggesting an ethical mandate exists to influence kids with same-sex attraction to leave their places of worship for more “affirming” congregations or suggesting parents need to “process their religious commitments in light of evidence-based recommendations” is extremely premature at best, demonstrates an extraordinary lack of cultural sensitivity and ignores the ways in which spiritual formation and church attendance may help mitigate the increased risk of suicidal behavior among sexual minority youth. Continue reading
Posted in Controversies, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged adolescents, churches, families, religion, research, same-sex attraction, stigma, suicide 3 Comments