Concealment as a Moderator of Anticipated Stigma and Psychiatric Symptoms
Sexual minorities are at risk for poorer mental health outcomes due to unique minority stressors. Anticipated stigma and concealment are documented as predictors of worse outcomes among this population; however, limited research has examined how interactions between minority stressors contribute to health outcomes. This study of sexual minorities (n = 147) recruited through social media examined the moderating role of concealment on the relationship between anticipated stigma and psychiatric symptoms (e.g., anxiety, depressive symptoms). Moderation analyses revealed concealment significantly moderated the relationship between anticipated stigma and anxiety symptoms, but not depressive symptoms. Clinically addressing minority stress may reduce psychiatric symptoms.
Brooks, Byron D.; Job, Sarah A.; Clark, Emily A.; Todd, Emerson A.; and Williams, Stacey L.. 2020. Concealment as a Moderator of Anticipated Stigma and Psychiatric Symptoms. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. Vol.24(3). 240-257. https://doi.org/10.1080/19359705.2020.1721037 ISSN: 1935-9705