CitationSoloski, K. L. & Purcell, J. B. K. (2015). Developmental pathways to binge drinking for LBG youth in nationally representative sample. National Association for Addiction Professionals Conference. Washington, D.C..
AbstractLesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) adolescents experience stressors related to being a sexual minority, placing them at greater risk for engaging in binge drinking. Consistent with minority stress theory, binge drinking, as a coping mechanism for minority stress, may be predicted by the timing of sexual identity development in LGB adolescents. Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health dataset, we examined a population of N = 445 LBG individuals. We used Growth Mixture Modeling (GMM) to identify different trajectories of binge drinking within the LGB population, and included timing of sexual attraction and initiation into a same-sex relationship, identity affirmation, and coping as predictors of the youth’s trajectory of binge drinking. Results are discussed. We present clinical implications surrounding culturally humble clinical work with the LGB population.
Reference TypeConference proceeding
Book TitleNational Association for Addiction Professionals Conference
Author(s)Soloski, K. L.
Purcell, J. B. K.