Research often finds that LGBT adolescents experience greater mental health problems, such as depression, compared to their heterosexual peers. Many psychologists suggest these disparities likely result from the stress associated with being a sexual minority. A new study involving Boston high school students provides evidence to support this idea. Consistent with previous research, the LGBT adolescents in this study reported more psychological distress compared to their heterosexual peers. Importantly, however, the researchers also found that the difference in psychological distress reported by LGBT vs. heterosexual youth was mediated (that is, could be accounted for) by the stress associated with facing discrimination based on sexual orientation. In other words, these findings suggest that LGBT youth are more likely to experience symptoms of depression compared to their straight peers because they face the added strain of being … Read More »
Lesbian and bisexual women may face greater risk for cancer. Find out why and how you can reduce your risk with this helpful factsheet from the American Cancer Society.
This latest CDC report highlights the disproportionate impact of HIV among gay and bisexual men. Read more on our Findings page.
March 28-April 3, 2010 is the 8th annual National LGBT Health Awareness Week, presented by the National Coalition for LGBT Health. Check it out at http://www.lgbthealth.net/awarenessweek10/ and raise awareness! In honor of this event we will be posting an LGBT Health Research finding on our website each day this week.
Our new website is live as of March 19th, 2010! Explore and enjoy!
Read all the recent IMPACT Program publications on health information through our Pubmed link on our Youth Resources page.
IMPACT Program’s very own Michael Newcomb has a new article out on internalized homophobia! Click on the link to the article summary in Psychology Today on our Youth Resources page.
Watch Brian Mustanski’s Presentation on Suicide Risk and Prevention in LGBT Youth through the link on our Youth Resources page.
Watch videos of people telling their story about becoming infected and living with HIV through our link to The Positive Project from our Youth Resources page.
Look up HIV Testing Sites Near You from the link on our Youth Resources Page!