What is it about?

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) individuals have been shown to engage in negative coping behaviors at a higher rate than heterosexuals. This study found that LGBQ participants who experience higher state ego depletion engaged in more negative behavioral health outcomes, including increased drug use, alcohol use, and sexual compulsivity. Low identity authenticity was further associated with sexual compulsivity.

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Why is it important?

The study provides novel evidence to suggest that self-regulation depletion could partially account for increased negative behavioral health outcomes among LGBQ people as compared to heterosexuals. This may provide additional pathways between known sexual minority stressors and behaviors like problematic alcohol and other substance use and high-risk sexual behavior.


I am excited to share these findings in hopes of deepening our understanding of factors impacting LGBQ+ people's health, and I look forward to any thoughts or responses from other researchers.

Zane Ballard

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This page is a summary of: Sexual minority behavioral health outcomes: The role of identity authenticity and self-regulation., Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, May 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/sgd0000578.
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