Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-08-31
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Young LGBQ adults experience more psychological distress than older LGBQ people
-- From a Williams Institute press release
2022-08-11

This article shared 543 times since Thu Aug 11, 2022
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds younger LGBQ adults are physically healthier but have worse psychological distress than older LGBQ people.

Researchers examined a representative sample of LGBQ people in the United States from three age groups—young (18-25), middle (34-41), and older (52-59)—to assess how physical and mental health indicators differed among the three generations. Researchers compared several indicators, including alcohol and drug abuse, general and physical health, mental health and psychological distress, and positive well-being.

The oldest LGBQ group reported fewer days of poor mental health than the youngest cohort; the middle cohort did not differ from either group. Psychological distress was higher for younger age groups, with the youngest age group showing the most psychological distress.

Results showed no differences among the age groups in substance abuse or social well-being. However, several differences were noted when data were analyzed by sexual minority identity subgroups and gender. Bisexual people reported more drug abuse and less happiness, social well-being, and life satisfaction compared with gay and lesbian people. Nonbinary people reported worse general health, more psychological distress, and less social well-being compared to women.

"We expected that the increase in social acceptance for LGBQ people over the past decade would result in more positive mental health indicators for younger LGBQ people, but the results are mixed. There is some indication of better health among young LGBQ people, including social well-being, but there is also a persistent negative experience of psychological distress in that group," said co-author Ilan H. Meyer, Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute. "Despite social changes, young LGBQ people continue to experience stressful experiences related to their sexual minority status, which, in turn, leads to adverse mental health."

ADDITIONAL FINDINGS

Middle and older LGBQ people did not differ in general health, but each had worse general health compared with younger LGBQ people.

Men reported better general health and fewer days of poor physical and mental health compared with women.

There were few differences across racial/ethnic groups, however, Black LGBQ adults reported less happiness, less social well-being, and less life satisfaction than White LGBQ people.

"Younger LGBQ people come out early and this may result in greater developmental challenges and stressors at a younger age compared with older generations of LGBQ people," said lead author, Stephen T. Russell, professor at the University of Texas at Austin. "It is also notable that positive well-being was consistent across all groups. More research is needed to understand these indicators of resilience and health."

The Generations Study examines the health and well-being of cisgender and nonbinary LGBQ people. Transgender people, regardless of their sexual orientation, were included in our TransPop Study, which examines the demographics, health, and lived experiences of the first national probability sample of transgender individuals in the U.S.

Contact dowd@law.ucla.edu for a copy of the article.

ABOUT THE STUDY

The report, "Distribution and Prevalence of Health in a National Probability Sample of Three Cohorts

of Sexual Minority Adults in the United States," appears in LGBT Health and is co-authored by Stephen T. Russell, Ph.D., Allen B. Mallory, Ph.D., Jessica N. Fish, Ph.D., David M. Frost, Ph.D., Phillip L. Hammack, Ph.D., Marguerita Lightfoot, Ph.D., Andy Lin, Ph.D., Bianca D.M. Wilson, Ph.D., and Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D.

Research reported in this report is part of the Generations study, supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health, under award number R01HD078526. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. The Generations investigators are Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D., (PI, UCLA); David M. Frost, Ph.D., (University College London); Phillip L. Hammack, Ph.D., (UCSC); Marguerita Lightfoot, Ph.D., (UCSF); Stephen T. Russell, Ph.D. (University of Texas, Austin) and Bianca D.M. Wilson, Ph.D., (UCLA) Co-Investigators are listed alphabetically.

The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, a think tank on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy, is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research with real-world relevance.


This article shared 543 times since Thu Aug 11, 2022
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

WORLD Bias claims, Qatar policy, AHF pledge, drag queen dies at 28
2022-09-25
People of color have accused several LGBTQ+ venues in the heart of the Gay Village in Manchester, England, of racism and racial prejudice, VICE noted. Ten Black, Asian and Latinx people who identify as lesbian, gay, ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Veterans bill, Charlie Crist, Task Force honor, Elton John
2022-09-25
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation to assist LGBTQ+ veterans discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) in updating their records and accessing education, health, burial and other benefits available ...


Gay News

AIDS Foundation Chicago hosts two-day event about unique challenges facing elders living with HIV/AIDS
2022-09-24
AIDS Foundation Chicago hosted a two-part educational webinar about the complex needs of elders living with HIV/AIDS Sept. 22-23, where experts discussed how to better serve patients through healthcare, policies ...


Gay News

Chicago, Cook County drop to low COVID-19 community-level rating
2022-09-24
COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates are steadily improving in Chicago and Cook County—moving both the city and county from the medium into the low COVID-19 level for the first time since early May, the Chicago Department ...


Gay News

Bisexual, pansexual leaders meet with HHS officials in historic roundtable
2022-09-23
For Bisexual Awareness Week, bisexual and pansexual community leaders met with federal agency officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Sept. 20 to discuss remedies to the health disparities facing the bisexual ...


Gay News

Center on Halsted makes senior staff hires in development, DEI and culinary arts programs
2022-09-22
-- From a press release - CHICAGO — Three senior hires have been added to Center on Halsted's staff recently. Brittany Terry was named senior director of diversity, equity, and inclusion/training services. Brad Snyder began work as chief development officer last month. ...


Gay News

Human Rights Campaign makes history with new president
2022-09-20
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF) announced that Kelley Robinson (she/her) will become the organization's ninth president—and the first Black, queer woman to lead the ...


Gay News

HRC Chicago dinner set for Nov. 12
2022-09-19
The Human Rights Chicago (HRC) Dinner & Auction will take place Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Dr., at 5:30 p.m., with the main program starting at 7 p.m. The ...


Gay News

AIDS organization honors actors Farrell, Ralph and Theron
2022-09-19
On Sept. 15, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) honored actors Sheryl Lee Ralph, Charlize Theron and Colin Farrell with the Elizabeth Taylor Commitment to End AIDS Award at The Elizabeth Taylor Ball to End AIDS ...


Gay News

LGBTQ Victory Fund endorses Lightfoot
2022-09-18
LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ+ leaders to public office, endorsed Lori Lightfoot for Chicago mayor. Since her historic victory in 2019, Lightfoot has remained the nation's highest-ranking out LGBTQ+ may ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ 'Watermelon Woman,' 'Dragula,' Indigo Girls, 'Dahmer' series
2022-09-18
Video below - Cheryl Dunye shared a photo on Facebook confirming that her 1996 groundbreaking lesbian-themed film Watermelon Woman is now officially part of the National Film Registry Library. According to the library's website, some of the other movies ...


Gay News

Elle Lett keynotes 'Transgender Health Equity in Troubled Times' at symposium
2022-09-17
Statistician, epidemiologist, physician-in-training and Boston Children's Hospital post-doctoral fellow Elle Lett kicked off the eighth annual Midwest LGBTQ+ Health Symposium with a keynote, "Transgender Health Equity in Troubled Times," on ...


Gay News

Gov. Pritzker adjusts COVID-19 requirements to address current needs
2022-09-15
-- From a press release - Chicago — As part of his continuing plan to carefully unwind the state's COVID-19 executive orders, Gov. JB Pritzker updated testing requirements for school and childcare personnel, rescinding the requirement ...


Gay News

Mayor Lightfoot to present awards at Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame induction ceremony
2022-09-15
-- From a press release - Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is scheduled to present awards to 14 individuals and organizations being inducted into The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame on Oct. 11, at 6 p.m, at The Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. ...


Gay News

Indiana abortion law goes into effect; PPIL expands services
2022-09-15
Sept. 15 marks the day that Indiana's near-total ban on abortion takes effect, according to IndyStar. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the new policy into law in early August after the Indiana General Assembly passed the measure ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.