As noted by the Brown University Child & Adolescent Behavior Letter (2012), gender nonconformity often goes accompanied with harassment, anxiety, and a slew of other traumatic issues for children and adolescents to. According to Fig. 2 (2018), 41% of transgender people have attempted suicide, and 50% of them have been raped or assaulted by a partner. The psychological issues commonly associated with gender nonconformity, including depression and anxiety, frequently mature with the children, following them into adulthood. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) almost always accompanies such illnesses and the hate crimes brought on in response to them.
Furthermore, LGBT individuals are more than twice as likely as their heterosexual counterparts to report in some way that they have suicidal ideations (Mereish p.1). There are several other intersectional factors such as income, education level, HIV status, and family acceptance that affect how likely a LGBT person is to commit or ideate suicide (Mereish
Teen drug abuse can cause teens brains to become rotten at an early age that creates depression and sadness. Facts show that teens that use drugs to cope with depression are the main ones to commit suicide while others that just use it to cope with smaller things, turns around and stop using drugs. Substance abuse is very common among people who are dealing with depression. Because alcohol is a well-known to stop the pain for a while, the use of this drug tends to trigger more depression symptoms like sadness and hopelessness. In order to prevent this from happening to your child look for these flaws News friends, Increased secretiveness, Pulling back from family and friends, Paying less attention to appearance and hygiene, and Dropping school grades.
For example, “[a] 2009 survey of 7,000 LGBT aged 13-21 revealed… 8 of 10 students had been verbally harassed at school, 4 out of 10 had been physically harassed at school, 6 of 10 felt unsafe at school, 1 of 5 had been the victim of a physical assault at school” signifying, that children are being targeted and bullied because of their differences (‘Discrimination” 1). In this case the difference is sexual orientation. These children choose to embrace what they
“In 2014, more than one third of children were physically assaulted within the previous year (37 percent), and about half had been assaulted during their lifetime (51 percent). In the past year, 15 percent suffered some form of maltreatment (25 percent during their lifetime) and 5 percent reported being sexually victimized (8 percent over their lifetime)”(Children’s Exposure to, Child Trends). Children that are exposed to violence are usually very timid. When exposing them to a weapon, they may assume it to be threatening just by its
Teenage suicide occurs due to a variety of reasons. The main cause of teenage suicide is time. People who spend longer in such a chaotic emotional state are far more likely to commit suicide. Time is the main cause. If something begins to bother someone, it starts as a slight irritation that they can put off for a while, but eventually it begins to take over their lives.
Previous research shows that consensual sex is most ambiguous when it comes to ‘Diminished Capacity rape’ (Abbey, 2002). This is when one person forces sexual penetration on another person who cannot consent to the activity. Diminished Capacity rape occurs most when individuals are intoxicated. This type of rape is the reason why most young people as a culture are at risk of misunderstanding non consensual signs. A news article was presented about an oxford student activist, resigning from posts over non-consensual sex (Khomami, 2015)
Bullying Among LGBTQ Youth Can you imagine being tortured and ridiculed for something that you are unable to control? The youth members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community are unfortunately put into this predicament often. Every day youth members of the LGBTQ community are rejected by their peers, religious institutions, and often times their own family members. This large scale bullying of LGBTQ community members creates an environment that puts its members at risk of mental health issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and substance abuse.
Thus, there are children who become aware of their preferences through the process of growing up. Being convinced that homosexuality is something wrong and condemned through the media, outside opinions and literature they read, these children are more likely to hide their sexual orientation from the society thinking there is something wrong with them. That surely can lead to the higher depression rate among the young people and, moreover, to the increasing suicide rate as 30% of teenagers who committed suicide were gay (Cover 31). Rob Cover claims that the failure to be heterosexual as it is dictated by the social norms can lead to the suicide among adolescentes as they see it as the only way out of the situation they cannot change (34). That are the dire consequences of censoring of the information on the existence of same-sex partners and the development of the belief it is not normal to love a person of the same sex.
Social problems include parental guidance, access to government grant, peer pressure, substance abuse, poverty, job marketing and education. Most teenagers do not have enough information on sexuality and contraceptives. Teenagers engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse lead to unwanted teenage pregnancy which is a serious social and health problem. About half of all South African teenagers aged between 15 and 19 reported having had sex. Teenage pregnancy is considered as one major distraction to the success of many girls’ education.