Sex race/ethnicity, and romantic attractions: Multiple minority status adolescents and mental health

Theodora B. Consolacion, Stephen T. Russell, Stanley Sue

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Abstract

This study examined the association between multiple minority statuses and reports of suicidal thoughts, depression, and self-esteem among adolescents. Data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health were used to examine mental health outcomes across racial/ethnic groups for same-sex-attracted youths and female youths. Hispanic/Latino, African American, and White female adolescents reported more suicidal thoughts, higher depression, and lower self-esteem compared with male adolescents in their racial/ethnic group. Same-sex-attracted youths did not consistently demonstrate compromised mental health across racial/ethnic groups. Follow-up analyses show that White same-sex-attracted female adolescents reported the most compromised mental health compared with other White adolescents. However, similar trends were not found for racial/ethnic minority female youths with same-sex attractions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-214
Number of pages15
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2004

Keywords

  • Adolescent mental health
  • Adolescents
  • Multiple minority status
  • Racial/ethnic minority youths
  • Sexual minority youths

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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