Theses Master's

Do Say Gay: Developing A Public Health-Based Teach-the-Teachers Curriculum to Support the Mental Health of Sexual and Gender Minority High School Students in the United States

Frechette, Jillian

Sexual and gender minority youth (SGMY) face high rates of mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and substance use disorders. Adolescence is a sensitive developmental period marked by identity formation, during which social factors, including safe and supportive schools, are particularly important for health. However, teachers lack the knowledge and self-efficacy needed to support SGMY in classrooms. This curriculum, based on the Integrative Belief Model, aims to train teachers in implementing inclusive classroom policies for supporting the mental health of SGMY by focusing on instrumental attitudes and self-efficacy.

Keywords: LGBT, LGBTQ+, adolescence, school health, mental health, sexual and gender minorities, sexual and gender minority youth, LGBT adolescents


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Sociomedical Sciences
Thesis Advisors
Cunningham, Niki
M.P.H., Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Published Here
April 3, 2023