Depression and attempted suicide among LGBTQ college students: Fostering resilience to the effects of heterosexism and cisgenderism on campus

Michael R. Woodford, Genevieve Weber, Z. Nicolazzo, Renee Hunt, Alex Kulick, Todd Coleman, Simon Coulombe, Kristen A. Renn

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Abstract

Little is known is about the impacts of covert and overt discrimination and the protective factors for depression and suicide among LGBTQ students. Using multivariable regression analyses of a national sample of cisgender lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer students and trans* students (n = 776), we examined the association between mental health and microaggressions, victimization, psychological resilience, pride, and outness. In models of all risk and protective factors, interpersonal microaggressions was a risk factor for depression and attempted suicide among cisgender LGBQ students and was also a risk factor among trans* students for depression. In all but 1 model, resilience was a protective factor. Resilience moderated the microaggressions–suicide relationship among cisgender LGBQ students, whereas pride moderated the victimization– depression relationship among trans* students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-438
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of College Student Development
Volume59
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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