Mental health disparities and high-risk alcohol use among non-heterosexual high school students

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Abstract

Purpose: To examine disparities in mental health and high-risk alcohol use among high school students by sexual orientation, and the impact of having access to an adult with whom to talk. Design and Methods: Cross-sectional survey, from the 2015 Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Logistic regression estimated the relationship between being “non-heterosexual” on mental health (e.g, suicidal ideation/attempt) and alcohol behaviors (e.g, binge drinking), controlling for demographics and “having an adult to talk to.”. Findings: Non-heterosexual students were more likely to report all adverse outcomes and risk was lower among students who report “having an adult to talk to.”. Practice Implications: Psychiatric nurses need to assess sexual minority youth for access to positive adult relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)570-575
Number of pages6
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume55
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019

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Keywords

  • LGB
  • adolescent alcohol use
  • adolescent mental health
  • sexual orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health

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