Gay-related stress and emotional distress among gay, lesbian, and bisexual youths: A longitudinal examination

Margaret Rosario, Eric W. Schrimshaw, Joyce Hunter, Marya Gwadz

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The longitudinal relations between gay-related stress (i.e., gay-related stressful events, negative attitudes toward homosexuality, and discomfort with homosexuality) and emotional distress (i.e., anxious symptoms, depressive symptoms, and conduct problems) were examined at 3 assessment periods (baseline, 6 months, and 12 months) among 140 gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) youths. Although some findings were consistent with the hypothesis that stress would be associated with subsequent distress among GLB youths, the larger number of nonsignificant relations and the presence of relations between distress and subsequent gay-related stress indicate that the hypothesis was unsupported. The authors discuss the potential reasons for the lack of hypothesized relations and offer suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)967-975
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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