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Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)
Psychology (Arts and Sciences)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Kristin M. Lindahl - Committee Chair
Second Committee Member
Amy Weisman de Mamani - Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Michael Alessandri - Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Neena M. Malik - Committee Member
Fifth Committee Member
Heather Henderson - Committee Member
Sixth Committee Member
Robert Johnson - Outside Committee Member
Victimization and family rejection of sexual orientation are two particularly salient stressors facing lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) young people. While initial research has established a link between these sexuality-related stressors and LGB youth mental health outcomes, the factors that underlie this relationship remain unclear. The current study examined the role of negative LGB identity in mediating the relationship between sexuality related stress (i.e., victimization, family rejection) and youth outcomes (i.e., internalizing problems, public outness, substance use, and cigarette smoking). Participants included 81 LGB young people (ages 14 to 25) recruited through college groups, youth organizations, study advertisements, and friend referrals. Path analyses revealed that victimization and family rejection experiences were related to youth internalizing problems via negative LGB identity. Similar results were found for a model predicting public outness. However, stressors and health risk behaviors were not related through negative LGB identity, although some direct relationships between stressors, substance use, and smoking emerged. Limitations and implications of the present study are discussed.
Harassment; Sexual Orientation; Sexuality; Violence
Willoughby, Brian Lyle Brason, "Victimization, Family Rejection, and Outcomes of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young People: The Role of Negative LGB Identity" (2008). Open Access Dissertations. Paper 119.