Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type

Project – Full Written

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Committee Chair

Yvonne Smith


This DNP project was conducted to address suicide and risk-taking behaviors of LGBTQ teens and how adults can improve the long-term outcomes of LGBTQ teens by being supportive adults. LGBTQ+ teens are at 4 times higher risk of suicide than their non-LGBTQ+ peers (The Trevor Project, 2021). The Suicide Prevention Resource Center, 2008, found a teen having one caring adult in their lives decreases the risk of suicide. The project's goal was to educate adults to increase their comfort levels in terminology, their understanding of the developmental stages of teens, and how to provide protective factors to help reduce the risk of suicide and risk-taking behaviors. The self-reflective post-survey completed by participants showed an overall increase in comfort levels with terminology and gender and sexual orientation issues. This project was completed at an organization within a community where many individuals identify as LGBTQ+. This may have caused some positive cultural bias, so there is a need to further this project in areas where the population is less aware of the LGBTQ+ identities.

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