Relationships of sexual orientation microaggression with anxiety and depression among lesbian, gay, and bisexual Taiwanese youth: self-identity disturbance mediates but gender does not moderate the relationships

Chen, J.-S., Huang, Y.-T., Lin, C.-Y., Yen, C.-F., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Pakpour, A.H., 2021. Relationships of sexual orientation microaggression with anxiety and depression among lesbian, gay, and bisexual Taiwanese youth: self-identity disturbance mediates but gender does not moderate the relationships. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (24): 12981. ISSN 1661-7827

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Abstract

The aims of this cross-sectional survey study were to examine the association between sexual orientation microaggression and anxiety and depression among young adult lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals in Taiwan, as well as to examine the mediating effect of self-identity disturbance and the moderating effect of gender. In total, 1000 self-identified LGB individuals participated in the study. The experience of sexual orientation microaggression was assessed using the Sexual Orientation Microaggression Inventory, self-identity disturbance was assessed using the Self-Concept and Identity Measure, anxiety was assessed using the State subscale on the Chinese version of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, and depression was assessed using the Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression Scale. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to examine relationships between the variables. The SEM results demonstrated that sexual orientation microaggression was directly associated with increased anxiety and depression, as well as being indirectly associated with increased anxiety and depression via the mediation of self-identity disturbance among young adult LGB individuals. Gender did not moderate the relationships between any of the variables. Both sexual orientation microaggression and self-identity disturbance warrant program interventions for enhancing mental health among LGB individuals.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Creators: Chen, J.-S., Huang, Y.-T., Lin, C.-Y., Yen, C.-F., Griffiths, M.D. and Pakpour, A.H.
Publisher: MDPI
Date: 9 December 2021
Volume: 18
Number: 24
ISSN: 1661-7827
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.3390/ijerph182412981DOI
1502549Other
Rights: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 09 Dec 2021 15:50
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2021 15:51
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URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/45088

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