alexa Prejudice, social stress, and mental health in lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations: conceptual issues and research evidence.
Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Epidemiology: Open Access

Author(s): Meyer IH

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Abstract In this article the author reviews research evidence on the prevalence of mental disorders in lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals (LGBs) and shows, using meta-analyses, that LGBs have a higher prevalence of mental disorders than heterosexuals. The author offers a conceptual framework for understanding this excess in prevalence of disorder in terms of minority stress--explaining that stigma, prejudice, and discrimination create a hostile and stressful social environment that causes mental health problems. The model describes stress processes, including the experience of prejudice events, expectations of rejection, hiding and concealing, internalized homophobia, and ameliorative coping processes. This conceptual framework is the basis for the review of research evidence, suggestions for future research directions, and exploration of public policy implications.
This article was published in Psychol Bull and referenced in Epidemiology: Open Access

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