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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence 5/2017

01-08-2016 | Empirical Research

Sexual Orientation Discordance and Young Adult Mental Health

Auteurs: Michael A. Lourie, Belinda L. Needham

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence | Uitgave 5/2017

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Abstract

During the course of sexual development, many people experience dissonance between dimensions of sexual orientation, including attraction, behavior, and identity. This study assesses the relationship between sexual orientation discordance and mental health. Data were obtained from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (n = 8,915; female = 54.62 %; non-Hispanic black = 18.83 %, Hispanic = 14.91 %, other race (non-white) = 10.79 %). Multivariable linear regression evaluated the correlation between sexual orientation discordance and perceived stress and depressive symptomatology. Models were stratified by sex and sexual identity. Among self-identified heterosexual females and mostly heterosexual males, sexual orientation discordance predicted significantly increased depressive symptomatology. No other subpopulation demonstrated a significant correlation between sexual orientation discordance and depressive symptomatology or perceived stress. The association between sexual orientation discordance and depressive symptomatology suggests a link between sexuality, self-concept, and mental health.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Sexual Orientation Discordance and Young Adult Mental Health
Auteurs
Michael A. Lourie
Belinda L. Needham
Publicatiedatum
01-08-2016
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence / Uitgave 5/2017
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-016-0553-8

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