Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Sexual minority adolescents (LGBTQ) are at a higher risk of depression, suicidal ideation, and suicidal execution than are their heterosexual counterparts. This study aims to explain four theories – minority stress theory, social ties theory, interpersonal theory of suicide, and structuration theory – and their impact on identity and support systems for LGBTQ youth. Four members of the LGBTQ community at an elite university in the Northeastern United States were interviewed one-on-one for this study (25% lesbian, 50% queer females, and 25% bisexual female; mean age 20 years) and shared their experiences. Without support, LGBTQ youth are victims of harassment, bullying, microaggressions, and other types of victimization that can result in deteriorating mental health.
BF1 .M63 v. 22 no. 2 2017
"Effects of an LGBTQ identity and support systems on mental health: a study of 4 theories,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 22:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol22/iss2/4