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May 21, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At The Mental Health Of Polyamorous And Ambiamorous Teens

May 21, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Psychology and Sexuality looked at polyamorous and ambiamorous adolescents. “This study examines the social and mental health experiences of polyamorous and ambiamorous LGBTQ+ adolescents (ages 12 to 17) compared to their LGBTQ+ peers,” study author Traci K. Gillig told us. “Specifically, the study tests for baseline differences in depressive symptoms and anxiety between these two groups and changes in these outcomes over time.” [More]

August 15, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Finds Gay, Lesbian And Bisexual Groups Report Worse Physical And Mental Health

August 15, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Sex Research looked at bisexual people’s health experience in primary care in English. “The study was part of a larger study where we used data from the General Practice Patient Survey (GPPS) from England across a few years to track whether disclosing/reporting of sexuality had changed over the years,” study author Carrie Llewellyn told us. “We found from this part of the study that reporting of being straight (heterosexual) was declining year on year and hence identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual was increasing.” [More]

July 18, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Highlights The Importance Of Supporting And Affirming Families For Black LGBTQ+ People

July 18, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Family and Community Health looked at parental sexuality disclosure, discrimination, and depression among Black sexual minority men and Black transgender women. “There were two main goals of our study,” study author, Rodman E. Turpin told us. “First, we wanted to identify the relationship between discrimination and depression among Black sexual minority men and Black transgender women. Discrimination experienced by these populations can include social and structural racism, homophobia, transphobia, and more, so we used a comprehensive measure of discrimination for our study.” [More]

March 7, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Finds Parental Support Reduces Depression Symptoms In LGBTQ Youth

March 7, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Development looked at perceived parental social support and psychological control and how it can predict depressive symptoms for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning youth in the United States. “The purpose of our study was to test how parent support and parent control relate to symptoms of depression for LGBTQ youth,” study author Amy McCurdy of the University of Texas at Austin told us. “We were hoping to establish that general parenting practices matter for LGBTQ youth, which seems obvious, but in fact little research has done this.” [More]

November 8, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Sexual Violence And Teenage Mental Health

November 8, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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“Our study is about estimating the population level mental health impacts of sexual violence experiences in mid-adolescence and understanding whether and to what extent sexual violence contributes to the gender gap in mental health problems in adolescence,” study author Francesca Bentivegna told us. “We did this by examining the link between sexual violence and psychological distress, self-harm, and attempted suicide, in both girls and boys aged 14-17 years. We also estimated the effect of eliminating sexual violence at this stage (in a hypothetical scenario) on mental health problems.” [More]

August 11, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Does Birth Control Alter Mood?

August 11, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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About 55 million women in the United States use oral contraception and 98 per cent of U.S. women have used birth control at some point. Most women use oral contraception as their method of birth control. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers oral contraception as an essential medicine. Some women stop taking birth control because it affects their moods. A new study recently published in Scientific Reports aimed to look at the effects of oral contraception on hormones and how that may affect mood. [More]

March 5, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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LGBQ Teens At Increased Risk Of Depression According To New Study

March 5, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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According to a new study published in the Lancet, adolescents who identified as sexual minorities (LGBQ - lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning) at 16 years of age were at an increased risk of depression compared to heterosexuals from very early on in adolescence, even as young as ten years of age. The results of the study point to potential mental-health problems before a teen’s conscious identification of their sexual orientation. [More]