Intersecting Structural Oppression and Suicidality Among Black Sexual Minority Male Adolescents and Emerging Adults

Devin English, Cheriko A. Boone, Joseph A. Carter, Ali J. Talan, Danielle R. Busby, Raymond L. Moody, Diamond J. Cunningham, Lisa Bowleg, H. Jonathon Rendina

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Abstract

This study examined associations between structural racism, anti-LGBTQ policies, and suicide risk among young sexual minority men (SMM). Participants were a 2017–2018 Internet-based U.S. national sample of 497 Black and 1536 White SMM (ages 16–25). Structural equation modeling tested associations from indicators of structural racism, anti-LGBTQ policies, and their interaction to suicide risk factors. For Black participants, structural racism and anti-LGBTQ policies were significantly positively associated with depressive symptoms, heavy drinking, perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, self-harm, and suicide attempt. There were significant interaction effects: Positive associations between structural racism and several outcomes were stronger for Black participants in high anti-LGBTQ policy states. Structural racism, anti-LGBTQ policies, and their interaction were not significantly associated with suicide risk for White SMM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-243
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2022

Keywords

  • anti-LGBTQ policies
  • Black sexual minority youth
  • health inequities
  • intersectional stigma
  • minority stress
  • structural racism
  • suicidality
  • suicide risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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