Sexual orientation disclosure to classmates among Latinx sexual minority high school and college youth

Zhenqiang Zhao, Russell B. Toomey, Karla Anhalt

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Abstract

This study examined how minority stressors mediate the association between sexual orientation disclosure to classmates and well-being in a sample of 238 Latinx sexual minority youth (SMY; age range: 14–24 years). Results indicated that sexual orientation disclosure to classmates was associated with higher levels of sexual orientation-based victimization, which contributed to higher levels of internalized homonegativity, which ultimately contributed to higher levels of depressive symptoms and lower self-esteem. Sexual orientation-based victimization and internalized homonegativity were positively associated with depressive symptoms and negatively associated with self-esteem but sexual orientation disclosure to classmates was only positively associated with depressive symptoms. Associations between sexual orientation-based victimization and internalized homonegativity were stronger among college Latinx SMY compared to SMY in high school.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1235-1245
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Latinx youth
  • classmates
  • disclosure
  • sexual minority youth
  • sexual orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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