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Couple-level minority stress and mental health among people in same-sex relationships: Extending minority stress theory

LeBlanc, AJ; Frost, D; (2020) Couple-level minority stress and mental health among people in same-sex relationships: Extending minority stress theory. Society and Mental Health 10.1177/2156869319884724. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

We simultaneously examined the effects of individual- and couple-level minority stressors on mental health among people in same-sex relationships. Individual-level minority stressors emerge from the stigmatization of sexual minority individuals; couple-level minority stressors emerge from the stigmatization of same-sex relationships. Dyadic data from 100 same-sex couples from across the United States were analyzed with actor–partner interdependence models. Couple-level stigma was uniquely associated with nonspecific psychological distress, depressive symptomatology, and problematic drinking, net the effects of individual-level stigma and relevant sociodemographic controls. Analyses also show that couple-level minority stress played unique roles in critical stress processes of minority stress proliferation: minority stress expansion and minority stress contagion. The inclusion of couple-level stress constructs represents a useful extension of minority stress theory, enriching our capacity to deepen understandings of minority stress experience and its application in the study of well-being and health inequalities faced by vulnerable populations.

Type: Article
Title: Couple-level minority stress and mental health among people in same-sex relationships: Extending minority stress theory
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/2156869319884724
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/2156869319884724
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10084842
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