Title
Acculturation strategies and mental health in gay, lesbian, and bisexual youthAcculturation strategies and mental health in gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences . Biomedical Sciences
Research group
Proteinchemistry, proteomics and epigenetic signalling(PPES)
Department of Sociology - other
Publication type
article
Publication
New York,
Subject
Psychology
Source (journal)
Journal of youth and adolescence. - New York
Volume/pages
39(2010):10, p. 1199-1210
ISSN
0047-2891
ISI
000280681600007
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In this article, we examine the impact of acculturation strategies on minority stress and mental health in lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) youth in Flanders, Belgium. Building on previous identity minority studies and on the social stress model, we investigate how LGB youth acculturate within both the LGB subculture and mainstream society and how this correlates with their mental health. Our sample is taken from an online survey and represents 561 LGB youth aged 14 through 21. The four traditional acculturation strategies are represented in this population (integration, separation, marginalization, assimilation). Bisexual boys are mostly absent from separation and integration strategies; gay and lesbian youth in middle adolescence are significantly more represented in the separation strategy compared to their late adolescence counterparts. Further, our findings suggest the relevance of identification with the LGB community, especially for internalized negative attitudes toward homosexuality. LGB youth who identify with the LGB community score significantly lower on this internalized homonegativity.
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