ERIC Number: EJ893409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
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Reference Count: 59
Sexuality Related Social Support among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth
Doty, Nathan Daniel; Willoughby, Brian L. B.; Lindahl, Kristin M.; Malik, Neena M.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v39 n10 p1134-1147 Oct 2010
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual ("LGB") youth may face significant stressors related to their sexual orientation. Few studies, however, have examined youth's experiences of support for coping with these stressors. The current study compared LGB youth's perceptions of support for sexuality stress to their support for other types of problems. The links between sexuality stress, sexuality support, and emotional distress were also examined. Ninety-eight LGB youth (ages 18-21, 33% female) rated support from family, heterosexual friends, and sexual minority friends for dealing with problems related, and not related, to their sexuality. From family and heterosexual friends, support for sexuality stress was less available than support for other stressors. Sexual minority friends provided the highest levels of sexuality support. In regression analyses, higher levels of sexuality support related to decreased emotional distress and buffered against the negative effects of sexuality stress on emotional distress. Sexuality support, although less available than other types of support, may be especially relevant to mental health among LGB youth.
Descriptors: Sexual Orientation, Homosexuality, Social Support Groups, Stress Variables, Coping, Comparative Analysis, Emotional Disturbances, Friendship, Regression (Statistics), Mental Health, Youth
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