Source: Journal Youth and Adolescence
Contributors: Burton, C. M., Marshal, M. P., Chisolm, D. J., Sucato, G. S., & Friedman, M. S.
Topic: Mental Health/Health, Research Studies
Population Focus: LGBTQ Youth
This study examined minority-specific victimization as a potential explanatory mechanism of sexual minority youth mental health disparities (i.e., higher rates of depression and suicidality). The authors found that this victimization significantly mediated the effect of sexual minority status on depressive symptoms and suicidality, lending support to public policy initiatives to reduce bullying and hate crimes for the health and well-being of sexual minority youth.