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Long-term mental health correlates of socialsupportive relationships in a lesbian, gay, and bisexual sample

Al-Khouja, Maya, Weinstein, Netta ORCID: and Legate, Nicole 2021. Long-term mental health correlates of socialsupportive relationships in a lesbian, gay, and bisexual sample. Psychology and Sexuality 12 (3) , pp. 180-192. 10.1080/19419899.2019.1687580

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Social support cultivates mental health, but little is known about how social support is experienced in individuals with a stigmatised identity, such as those who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB). The present study explored how specific elements of social support: reliance, feeling understood, and support for self-expression, experienced within parent, friend, and romantic relationships, relate to long-term mental health in an LGB sample. Responses were provided across 2 years by individuals who self-identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual in the nationally-representative dataset- Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS). We predicted that having close relationships higher in social support would be linked to better general mental health 2 years after support was measured. Models partially supported hypotheses: broadly speaking, social support from friends, family, and romantic partners associated significantly with mental health measured at baseline and two years later, when relationships were considered separately. Of these, support for self-expression as provided by families were most robust even in models with conservative baseline and other relationship controls.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles
ISSN: 1941-9899
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 November 2019
Date of Acceptance: 24 October 2019
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 00:36

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