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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Behavioral Medicine 1/2015

01-02-2015

Minority stress and physical health among sexual minority individuals

Auteurs: David M. Frost, Keren Lehavot, Ilan H. Meyer

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Behavioral Medicine | Uitgave 1/2015

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Abstract

This study examined the effects of minority stress on the physical health of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals (LGBs). Participants (N = 396) completed baseline and one year follow-up interviews. Exposure to stress and health outcomes were assessed with two methods: a subjective self-appraisal method and a method whereby two independent judges externally rated event narratives using standardized criteria. The odds of experiencing a physical health problem at follow-up were significantly higher among LGBs who experienced an externally rated prejudice event during the follow-up period compared to those who did not. This association persisted after adjusting for experiences of general stressful life events that were not related to prejudice. Self-appraised minority stress exposures were not associated with poorer physical health at 1-year follow-up. Prejudice-related stressful life events have a unique deleterious impact on health that persists above and beyond the effect of stressful life events unrelated to prejudice.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Minority stress and physical health among sexual minority individuals
Auteurs
David M. Frost
Keren Lehavot
Ilan H. Meyer
Publicatiedatum
01-02-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Behavioral Medicine / Uitgave 1/2015
Print ISSN: 0160-7715
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3521
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-013-9523-8