Teenage LGBT offenders are more likely to be addicted to drugs and to have mental health problems

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The study, carried out by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, suggests that LGBT teens in general are less mentally stable than their straight counterparts because of bullying and rejection they have to face due to their sexuality and gender identity, so when they are put into stressful environment (like a custody), they are more likely to get addicted to different kinds of illegal substances. And in general LGBT youth are more likely to commit an offense. It does not mean that sexuality makes people criminals, it means only that people with low self-esteem are easier to be got engaged into some illegal actions — more experienced criminals manipulate them and make them believe that such actions would give them a feeling of self-worth. But instead they get into the terrible conditions of prison which hits their mental health again. They feel they cannot handle the reality and try to escape it. For the study, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers examined 423 first-time, non-detained offenders aged between 12 and 18 from a juvenile court in an unnamed Northeastern state. Of these, 133—about a third of the group—identified as LGBTQ. The teenagers had committed offenses ranging from underage drinking to breaking and entering. Among the LGBTQ group, one in two had used alcohol, compared to one in four of the heterosexual and cis-gendered group.

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