In a new study published in the Journal of Homosexuality, researchers at the University of Arizona examined data on more than 200 young adults in the LGBT community to explore the different methods that students have used to cope with the stresses of being discriminated against.
Three main techniques were collected from the data, of which one was determined to actually yield the most positive results for youth, socially and academically.
The techniques included cognitive strategies of envisioning a positive future, alternative seeking strategies, which is described as methods of finding new schools or new friends, and finally, LGBT-specific strategies, where students get involved in LGBT organizations.
Compared to the first two strategies where the real problem of discrimation and alienation is being ignored, the third strategy, where students get involved in LGBT organizations, was found to lead to better psychological adjustment and students were more likely to graduate, researchers found.
Learn more about the study here.
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