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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - David A. Levine
In its first sexual-orientation policy update in nearly a decade, the nation's largest pediatricians group said its members should do more to fight "heterosexism" and "homophobia," as well as step up their care of teens with same-sex attractions.
It really shouldn't be a surprise that when teenagers feel valued and secure, they develop positive self-esteem — and that is what buffers them against high-risk behaviors, he said.
"There is an emerging literature about resiliency [in these populations], and about the fact that parental acceptance and parental love, family connectiveness, religious connectiveness and school connectiveness are all very protective against risk behaviors," said Dr. Levine, who is a professor of pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.