Relationship Trajectories and Psychological Well-Being Among Sexual Minority Youth

José A. Bauermeister, Michelle Marie Johns, Theo G.M. Sandfort, Anna Eisenberg, Arnold H. Grossman, Anthony Raymond D'Augelli

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Abstract

Dating in adolescence plays an integral part in the development of sexual and social identities. This process is particularly salient for sexual minority youth who face additional obstacles to their identity formation due to their marginalized status. We investigated the influence of participating in a same-sex relationship (SSR) or an opposite-sex relationship (OSR) on sexual minority youths' psychological well-being (i.e., symptoms of depression, anxiety and internalized homophobia, and self-esteem) in an ethnically-diverse sample of 350 youth (55% male) between the ages of 15-19 years, recruited from three GLBT drop-in centers in the New York City area. Using longitudinal data, we examined youths' SSR and OSR over time. Multivariate regression analyses suggest that involvement in a SSR was positively associated with changes in self-esteem in males, and negatively correlated with changes in internalized homophobia in females. We discuss the implications for positive development in sexual minority adolescent populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1148-1163
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of youth and adolescence
Volume39
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 10 2010

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well-being
minority
Psychology
Homophobia
self-esteem
Self Concept
identity formation
adolescence
Social Identification
Sexual Development
anxiety
adolescent
regression
Sexual Minorities
Multivariate Analysis
Anxiety
Regression Analysis
Depression
Population
homophobia

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Bauermeister, J. A., Johns, M. M., Sandfort, T. G. M., Eisenberg, A., Grossman, A. H., & D'Augelli, A. R. (2010). Relationship Trajectories and Psychological Well-Being Among Sexual Minority Youth. Journal of youth and adolescence, 39(10), 1148-1163. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-010-9557-y
Bauermeister, José A. ; Johns, Michelle Marie ; Sandfort, Theo G.M. ; Eisenberg, Anna ; Grossman, Arnold H. ; D'Augelli, Anthony Raymond. / Relationship Trajectories and Psychological Well-Being Among Sexual Minority Youth. In: Journal of youth and adolescence. 2010 ; Vol. 39, No. 10. pp. 1148-1163.
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Relationship Trajectories and Psychological Well-Being Among Sexual Minority Youth. / Bauermeister, José A.; Johns, Michelle Marie; Sandfort, Theo G.M.; Eisenberg, Anna; Grossman, Arnold H.; D'Augelli, Anthony Raymond.

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Bauermeister JA, Johns MM, Sandfort TGM, Eisenberg A, Grossman AH, D'Augelli AR. Relationship Trajectories and Psychological Well-Being Among Sexual Minority Youth. Journal of youth and adolescence. 2010 Jun 10;39(10):1148-1163. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-010-9557-y