Measuring the Impact of the Parental Rights in Education Act on LGBT-Identified teachers, parents, and high schoolers in Miami-Dade County


The Parental Rights in Education Act (PREA) has raised national attention due to its language prohibiting classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity for students in kindergarten through third grade, as well requiring “age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate” instruction on these topics for students of all grades. This team hypothesizes that PREA will have significant effects on the levels of minority stress perceived by all three groups and will negatively impact the mental health of LGBTQ-identified students and teachers in Miami-Dade County. This one-year study will consist of data collection across three time points, one in each of the second, third, and fourth nine-week quarters of the academic year. End-point analyses using within-person, fixed-effects regression modelling will allow for a discrete understanding of how PREA impacts the mental health and homonegative stigma faced by LGBTQ-identified parents, students, and teachers across South Florida. The results of this study will provide the first estimates of the impact of such policies, potentially arming those who wish to repeal PREA or prevent its enactment in other states with evidence for its ill-effects while providing legislatures mulling their own versions of PREA with the ability to make more evidence-based policy decisions.


Nicholas Metheny (Nursing and Health Studies), Karina Gattamorta (Nursing and Health Studies), Maite Mena (Educational and Psychological Studies), Timothy Loftus (Public Health Sciences)