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Mental Health of Black and Latinx LGBQ People Worsened After the 2016 Presidential Election

Author: The Williams Institute
Published: 26th Aug 2021 - Updated: 17th May 2022
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Summary: A new study from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law finds that the mental health of Black and Latinx LGBQ people declined in the 17 months following the 2016 presidential election of Donald J. Trump.


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While mental health remained stable in the seven months before the election, Black and Latinx LGBQ people reported more poor mental health days per month, greater psychological distress, higher odds of suicidal thinking, and decreased social well-being following the election, according to a new study from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

Researchers used data from the Generations Study, a representative sample of LGBQ people in the United States from three age groups young (18-25), middle (34-41), and older (52-59). Results showed that younger respondents, bisexuals, those with lower incomes and less education were particularly affected by poor mental health.

"The sociopolitical environment after the 2016 election was hostile toward both sexual minorities and racial/ethnic populations," said study co-author Ilan H. Meyer, Principal Investigator of the Generations study and Distinguished Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute. "A hostile environment increases minority stress. LGBQ people of color were targeted by the former administration both due to their sexual identity and race/ethnicity, likely impacting their mental health."

ADDITIONAL FINDINGS

"Additional research is needed to assess whether these changes in mental health will persist over time or improve with more supportive administrations," said lead author Evan A. Krueger, Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Southern California. "Public health professionals should consider the effects of sociopolitical changes on a population's mental health."

The Generations Study examines the health and well-being of cisgender and nonbinary LGBQ people. Transgender people, regardless of their sexual orientation, were included in our TransPop Study, which examines the demographics, health, and lived experiences of the first national probability sample of transgender individuals in the U.S.

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• (APA): The Williams Institute. (2021, August 26). Mental Health of Black and Latinx LGBQ People Worsened After the 2016 Presidential Election. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved May 24, 2024 from www.sexualdiversity.org/news/958.php


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