Affirming vs. Non-affirming Parenting Behaviors*

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Owner: LeahsAbba

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Last Updated: 08-Mar-2017 16:24



Parents have a very powerful role to play in a gender-expansive youth’s life. Research has shown that affirming parenting can significantly affect our children’s positive outlook on their lives, their mental health and their self-esteem. On the other hand, non-affirming parenting behaviors are directly correlated to gender-expansive and transgender youth being more depressed and suicidal. Research studies show that the most crucial thing we as parents can do is to allow our children to be exactly who they are. (TransPulse Project; Family Acceptance Project).
Every family is unique, with different family dynamics, as well as cultural, social, and religious influences. Some families have to consider their child’s physical safety in their communities more than others, but all families have to weigh the effects of their parenting approach on their child’s long term psychological well-being.

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