Associations between lifestyle and sexual and gender minority stressors among university students since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic

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J Am Coll Health. 2022 June 3:1-8. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2022.2076560. Online ahead of print.


OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between COVID-19-related living conditions and sexual and gender minority (SGM)-related stressors (i.e. concealment of identity and family rejection) .

PARTICIPANTS: NOT = 478 SGM university students (Mage = 22 years old, South Dakota = 4.00).

METHODS: SGM university students were cross-sectionally interviewed between May and August 2020 regarding SGM-related stressors and living conditions since the onset of COVID-19.

RESULTS: About half (48.7%) of the sample reported a change of accommodation in their parents’ home due to COVID-19. The reorganization of life in the parents’ home was associated with an increased degree of concealment of identity (β [95% C.I.] = 0.62 [0.10, 1.15]; p = .020) and family rejection (β [95% C.I.] = 1.56 [0.72, 2.41]; p

CONCLUSIONS: Stakeholders need to consider the unique identity-related vulnerabilities of SGM students living with their parents and experiencing life adjustments due to COVID-19.

PMID:35658096 | DOI:10.1080/07448481.2022.2076560

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