Social Rejection, Family Acceptance, Economic Recession and Physical and Mental Health of Sexual Minorities

Drydakis, Nick (2021) Social Rejection, Family Acceptance, Economic Recession and Physical and Mental Health of Sexual Minorities. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. ISSN 1553-6610

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Introduction- The study examines associations between social rejection, family acceptance, economic recession, and physical and mental health outcomes for sexual minorities in Greece. This is the first Greek study to evaluate the concept of minority stress theory for sexual minorities. In addition, this is among the first international studies to examine whether, during a period of economic recession, sexual minorities experience deteriorated physical and mental health. Methods- Utilizing two panel datasets (n = 866) covering the periods 2013–2014 and 2018–2019, the study examines whether social rejection, family acceptance, and economic conditions bear an association with self-rated physical and mental health. Results- Social rejection bears a negative association with physical and mental health. Family acceptance shares a positive association with physical and mental health. Periods characterized by worse economic conditions (2013–2014 versus 2018–2019) correlate with a decline in sexual minorities’ physical and mental health. It is found that women, trans people, people without higher education degrees, unemployed people, and relatively poor people experience worse physical and mental health than the corresponding reference categories. Conclusions- Sexual minorities who experienced societal rejections, such as unfair treatment in educational, workplace environments, and/or public and health services prompted deteriorated physical and mental health. Sexual minorities who experienced acceptance from their families over their sexual orientation status, experienced better physical and mental health. Moreover, during periods of increased aggregate unemployment, the physical and mental health status of sexual minorities was deteriorated. Policy Implications- Antidiscrimination policies help reduce homophobic incidents and positively impact sexual/gender identity minorities’ progression, self-esteem, income, and well-being. Public health services should ensure that policies are inclusive of the physical and mental health needs of sexual/gender identity minority groups. Reducing stigma and addressing financial hardships for minority population groups should form part of the policymakers’ agenda and this study provides new evidence on the subject matter.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: sexual orientation, Health, Mental Health, Minority Stress, Exclusion, Family, Economic Recession, LGBT
Faculty: Faculty of Business & Law
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2021 10:02
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2022 15:23

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