Future Directions in Research on Structural Stigma and Sexual Orientation Disparities in Mental Health Among Youth

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Length: 1 hour

Psychological research on stigma has focused largely on the perceptions of stigmatized individuals and their interpersonal interactions with the non-stigmatized. However, this research has also tended to overlook broader, structural forms of stigma (i.e., societal-level conditions, cultural norms, institutional policies and practices). In this address, the presenter explains structural stigma; reviews evidence documenting its harmful consequences for the mental and behavioral health of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth; and offers several suggestions for future research in this area.

Learning Objective
Examine the health consequences of structural forms of stigma on child and adolescent mental health.

Presenter: Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, PhD

Hatzenbueller Dr. Hatzenbuehler is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. His research broadly focuses on examining the health consequences of structural forms of stigma and on identifying biopsychosocial mechanisms linking stigma and health. Dr. Hatzenbuehler has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and his research has been published in several leading journals, including American PsychologistPsychological BulletinAmerican Journal of Public Health, and JAMA Pediatrics. His work has been widely covered in the media, including interviews on NPR and MSNBC, and it has been cited in amicus curiae briefs for court cases on status-based discrimination.

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