What 'risky' teens need
Chris Woodward - OneNewsNow - 6/10/2011 3:50:00 AM
Investigators posed dozens of risky behaviors, ranging from not wearing a bicycle helmet to drug use and attempting suicide, and they learned that homosexual, lesbian, and bisexual students reported worse behavior in 50-90 percent of the risk categories, depending on where they took the anonymous survey.
"My heart breaks for these kids," shares Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America. "Basically, these are kids who have already formed a view of their sexuality, before it's even legal for them to participate sexually, and I would suggest they're probably troubled kids in a number of ways."
While the homosexual community's answer might be to try and make these teens feel better about where they are, Nance recommends counseling and offering other options.
"We need to love them regardless...show them the gospel, and preach Christ continually -- and only when necessary, use words," she contends.
The CDC's findings are based on anonymous surveys of 156,000 high school students from 2001 to 2009. Researchers do not make a determination as to why homosexual and bisexual teens do riskier things, although the study's lead author does say: "Many risky behaviors are related to how people feel about themselves and the environment they're in."