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Is Self-identifying as Gay or Bisexual Associated with Better Mental Health during Young Adulthood?

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Are sexual orientation disparities in emotional and behavioral problems during young adulthood reduced when individuals with same-sex attractions identify themselves as gay or bisexual and they disclose their sexual minority status to others? Are young sexual minority adults less likely to experience emotional and behavioral problems when they identify themselves as gay or bisexual and they disclose their sexual minority status to others? To answer these questions, we analyzed data from the 1994-1995 and 2001-2002 waves from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. We found that, overall, self-identifying as gay or bisexual and disclosing a sexual minority status to others did not reduce sexual orientation disparities and did not reduce risk for emotional and behavioral problems for young sexual minority adults. These results suggest a need for research on the interpersonal and institutional mechanisms that link young sexual minority adults to increased risk for emotional and behavioral problems despite their efforts to pursue a stable self-concept.

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lesbian, mental health, social psychology, sexualities, medical sociology, youth, stigma, self esteem, depression, alcohol abuse
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Almazan, Elbert. and Rosow, Jason. "Is Self-identifying as Gay or Bisexual Associated with Better Mental Health during Young Adulthood?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, Aug 12, 2005 <Not Available>. 2017-10-09 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p22433_index.html>

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Almazan, E. P. and Rosow, J. A. , 2005-08-12 "Is Self-identifying as Gay or Bisexual Associated with Better Mental Health during Young Adulthood?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA Online <PDF>. 2017-10-09 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p22433_index.html

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Abstract: Are sexual orientation disparities in emotional and behavioral problems during young adulthood reduced when individuals with same-sex attractions identify themselves as gay or bisexual and they disclose their sexual minority status to others? Are young sexual minority adults less likely to experience emotional and behavioral problems when they identify themselves as gay or bisexual and they disclose their sexual minority status to others? To answer these questions, we analyzed data from the 1994-1995 and 2001-2002 waves from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. We found that, overall, self-identifying as gay or bisexual and disclosing a sexual minority status to others did not reduce sexual orientation disparities and did not reduce risk for emotional and behavioral problems for young sexual minority adults. These results suggest a need for research on the interpersonal and institutional mechanisms that link young sexual minority adults to increased risk for emotional and behavioral problems despite their efforts to pursue a stable self-concept.


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