Coming out, school climate and mental health of sexual minority students in Mainland China

[Speaker] Wei, Chongzheng:1,2
[Co-author] Liu, Wenli:1,2
1:School of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Beijing Normal Univeristy (China (People's Republic of China)), 2:Collaborative Innovation Center of Assessment toward Basic Education Quality, Beijing Normal University (China (People's Republic of China))

Purpose: In this latest and largest sexual minority(LGBT) students sample in Mainland China, we specifically investigated the prevalence of coming out, perceived school climate and mental health of LGBT students. Methods: Seven hundred and fifty one LGBT students completed the online survey adopted from Supporting LGBT Lives study, which includes demographic information, experiences at school, mental health and well-being, perceived social support. Results: Eighty nine percent LGBT students had come out to others and the mean age is 18 years old. More inclusive school climate was associated with feeling more comfortable about sexual orientation and gender identity. Furthermore, feeling comfortable about sexual orientation and gender identity were associated with higher subject well-being, self-esteem and perceived social support as well as less suicidal thoughts of LGBT students. Conclusion: Inclusive school climate has a positive impact on affirming themselves and then come out at school for Chinese LGBT students.
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