Title

Supporting sexual and gender minority health: Research priorities from mental health professionals

Publication Date

4-2-2020

Document Type

Article

Department

Psychology

Publication Title

Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health

Volume

24

Issue

2

DOI

10.1080/19359705.2019.1700865

First Page

205

Last Page

221

Abstract

Sexual and gender minority (SGM) people experience significant disparities in mental health and substances use disorders. This study reached out to mental health professionals (MHPs) who treat SGM people to determine mental health priorities for research that would better inform their clinical practice. MHPs were surveyed and asked to rate items based on a likert-type scale. Open-ended questions were also queried and analyzed qualitatively. Five items had the highest mean scores: “stressors related to SGM status,” “lifestyle factors that support emotional resilience and wellbeing,” “depression,” “intimate relationships,” and “suicide.” Intersecting identities and sexual relationships emerged as qualitative themes.

Funding Number

K12DK111028

Funding Sponsor

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Keywords

disparities, family therapy, LGBTQ, Mental health

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