Borgogna, N. C., McDermott, R. C., Aita, S. L., & Kridel, M. M. (2019). Anxiety and depression across gender and sexual minorities: Implications for transgender, gender nonconforming, pansexual, demisexual, asexual, queer, and questioning individuals. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 6(1), 54–63. Borgogna, McDermott, Aita, and Kridel review the higher rates of depression and anxiety among LGBTQ+ college students. Their research suggests that rates of these mental health disorders are even higher for gender minorities and for those that have intersecting gender and sexual minority identities than they are for the LGBTQ+ population in general.
Forge, N., Hartinger-Saunders, R., Wright, E., & Ruel, E. (2018). Out of the system and onto the streets: LGBTQ-Identified youth experiencing homelessness with past child welfare system involvement. Child Welfare, 96(2), 47–74. Forge, Hartinger-Saunders, Wright, and Ruel focus on homelessness among youth who identify as LGBTQ+ and have a history of involvement in the child welfare system. They document the disproportionate representation of LGBTQ+ youth in the child welfare system and identify the ways in which these youth experience higher rates of negative outcomes. Implications for the child welfare system are discussed.
Giano, Z., Currin, J. M., Deboy, K., & Hubach, R. D. (2020). Identifying distinct subgroups of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth for suicide risk: A latent profile analysis. Journal of Adolescent Health, 67(2), 194–200. Giano, Currin, Deoboy, and Huback conducted a study in which they discovered risk factors for suicide, which is a major mental health issue impacted sexual minority youth. They propose a need to focus on multiple factors to reduce suicide risk among this population.
Jun, H.-J., Webb-Morgan, M., Felner, J. K., Wisdom, J. P., Haley, S. J., Austin, S. B., Katuska, L. M., & Corliss, H. L. (2019). Sexual orientation and gender identity disparities in substance use disorders during young adulthood in a United States longitudinal cohort. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 205. Jun et al. studied the prevalence of substance use disorders among LGBTQ+ young adults, a primary behavioral health issue impacting this community. The researchers demonstrate how substance abuse differs for this community as compared to young adults who identify as heterosexual.
Scheer, J. R., Harney, P., Esposito, J., & Woulfe, J. M. (2020). Self-reported mental and physical health symptoms and potentially traumatic events among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals: The role of shame. Psychology of Violence, 10(2), 131–142. Scheer, Harney, Esposito, and Woulfe highlight the fact that LGBTQ+ individuals experience higher rates of psychological trauma compared to those who identify as heterosexual. They outline the mental and physical health symptoms that result from trauma exposure and suggest that shame plays a major role in health outcomes.