Friday, February 10, 2012

New Study Shows Sexual Minority Stress Jeopardizes Older Gay Men’s Mental Health

In a new study released by the Williams Institute and published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers found that sexual minority stress jeopardizes the mental health of midlife and older gay men. The study also found that marriage equality for same-sex couples may provide a protective effect against poor mental health. “This study shines a light on the mental health of a generation of gay men who survived the early years of the AIDS crisis and came of age on the heels of the gay rights movement,” said lead author Richard G. Wight, MPH, PhD, Associate Researcher at the Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, and Visiting Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute at UCLA.
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