Disclosure Stress, Social Support, and Depressive Symptoms Among Cisgender Bisexual Youth.


Bisexual youth are at elevated risk for depression compared to lesbians and gay men. Research on bisexual stigma suggests these youth are uniquely vulnerable to stress related to sexual identity disclosure. Depression associated with this stress may be buffered by social support from parents and friends. We examined the differential influence of social support from parents and friends (Child and Adolescent Social Support Scale) on the relation between disclosure stress (LGBTQ Coming Out Stress Scale) and depressive symptoms (Beck Depression Inventory) and differences by gender in a sample of cisgender bisexual youth (n = 383) using structural equation modeling. Parental support buffered the association between stressful disclosure to family and depressive symptoms, especially for bisexual men; bisexual women seemed not to benefit from such support when disclosure stress was high. This nuanced examination elucidates the ways family members and clinicians can best support bisexual youth sexual identity disclosure.

DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12418

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@article{Pollitt2017DisclosureSS, title={Disclosure Stress, Social Support, and Depressive Symptoms Among Cisgender Bisexual Youth.}, author={Amanda M Pollitt and Joel A Muraco and Arnold H Grossman and S. Russell}, journal={Journal of marriage and the family}, year={2017}, volume={79 5}, pages={1278-1294} }