Navigation Links
Study explores why gay, lesbian teens binge drink
Date:5/3/2014

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA Higher rates of binge drinking by lesbian and gay adolescents compared to their heterosexual peers may be due to chronic stress caused by difficult social situations, according to a study to be presented Saturday, May 3, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Research has shown that lesbian and gay people experience higher rates of physical and mental health problems. One explanation for these disparities is minority stress. According to this theory, chronic stress due to discrimination, rejection, harassment, concealment of sexual orientation, internalized homophobia (negative attitudes toward homosexuality) and other negative experiences leads to poor health.

The authors of this study sought to determine if minority stress theory could explain why gay and lesbian adolescents engage in binge drinking more than heterosexual youths. To do this, they analyzed responses from 1,232 youths ages 12-18 years who took part in an online survey conducted by OutProud: The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth. Sixteen percent of youths identified themselves as lesbian females and 84 percent as gay males.

The survey asked questions about sexual minority experiences and included more than 260 variables. It represents the only known research to explore the relationship between binge drinking and a variety of minority stress experiences, such as homophobia and gay-related victimization, in a large national sample of lesbian and gay adolescents.

"Although other studies of adolescents commonly report on sexuality or sexual identity, these general population studies do not typically assess nuanced experiences of stress among sexual minority adolescents," said lead author Sheree M. Schrager, PhD, MS, director of research in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Consistent with minority stress theory, participants reported greater psychological distress when they experienced violence or victimization, if they had internalized homophobia, and if they had made their sexual orientation known.

Internalized homophobia was a significant predictor of binge drinking, while experiencing violence or victimization was marginally associated with drinking large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. Those living with their parents were less likely to report binge drinking.

Feeling connected to the gay community was both positively and negatively associated with binge drinking. Those who felt connected were more likely to report binge drinking. However, community connectedness protected against internalized homophobia, thereby indirectly protecting against heavy episodic drinking.

"Given that interventions are more effective when they are developed to match the cultural experiences of participants, theoretically grounded studies like this one can potentially lead to tailored treatment approaches based on the unique experiences of lesbian and gay adolescents," Dr. Schrager said.


'/>"/>

Contact: Debbie Jacobson
djacobson@aap.org
847-434-7084
American Academy of Pediatrics
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Study shows lower verbal test score for toddlers who play non-educational games on touch screens
2. UH Rainbow to study African-Americans response to asthma medications
3. Study shows link between sleep apnea and hospital maternal deaths
4. Vanderbilt study explores genetics behind Alzheimers resiliency
5. Study: Custom-made mouthguards reduce athletes risk of concussion
6. Study: Low-fat diet helps fatigue in people with MS
7. Space Station study seeks how plants sense up and down
8. Study confirms increased prevalence of GI symptoms among children with autism
9. Anti-smoking TV ads should use anger, Dartmouth-Cornell study suggests
10. $2.3M study to examine how neighborhoods influence child maltreatment rates
11. Treat homelessness first, everything else later: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Shamangelic Healing, ... addition Onnit brand Alpha BRAIN and New Mood Daily-Stress Formula for brain optimization ... optimization products to the store is just one more way Shamangelic Healing supports ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... The White House announced efforts ... more information about their loan terms and accounts, and more protections for borrowers. ... federal and private loans, has reached $1.3 trillion, with 43 million Americans holding ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... team BioCellection won the $30,000 Perlman Grand Prize of the 2016 Wharton Business ... Award, the Michelson People’s Choice Award, and the Committee Award for Most ‘Wow ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Dr. Robert Mondavi, one of the dentists ... dentistry is a fast-growing field as more patients are discovering the many different ways ... about the options currently available to them and which ones might work for their ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... Jupiter, FL (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 ... ... it will feature Grassland Dairy Products, Inc. in an upcoming episode, airing third ... than a century of churning cream into butter, Grassland Dairy Products, located in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... , le 27 Avril 2016 ... a progressé de +5% sur le trimestre, soutenu ... de consommables  Croissance de +16% des ... Mauna Kea Technologies (Euronext : MKEA, FR0010609263 ; ... confocale laser, annonce aujourd,hui son chiffre d,affaires pour ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... York , April 27, 2016 ... report titled, "Skincare Devices Market - Global Industry Analysis, ... According to the report, the global skincare devices market ... is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 10.1% ... in 2023. Browse the full Skincare Devices Market ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... Kan. , April 27, 2016  Bayer ... , a senior from the University of Florida ... of the Bayer Excellence in Communication Award (BECA). ... schools, which were awarded a total of $70,000 ... the last four years, Bayer has provided a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: