...if your adolescent child told you they were lesbian, gay, transgender or bisexual (LGTB) ???
While many parents would react in various ways, there are potential health implications for youth and young adults depending upon HOW their families behave toward them once they confide in at least one parent about their sexual orientation.
The link below in HealthDay describes a study which demonstrates that if the family expresses a positive attitude toward the adolescent there is less risk of depression, suicide and substance abuse in the early twenties, as well as improvement in genral health, well-being and self esteem. http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=646940
Recent media attention to bullying in schools or other hateful behavior toward an LGTB adolescent has focused adults on identifying and preventing such behavior. Parents need to look also within the family environment to find a way to offer acceptance to their children, and seek outside assistance when necessary, especially when strong religious or personal beliefs are in conflict with a desire to provide love and acceptance of their child. You can read the original article from the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing here.
This is as much a health issue as paying attention to other determinants of future well-being, such as diet, exercise, school attendance, and is another topic parents may choose to discuss with the child's primary care provider. If the primary care provider is uncomfortable with the topic, expert advice may be sought from a mental health provider, religious leader, or school counselor.
Additional information on lesbian, gay and bisexual youth is available here