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PTSD Research Quarterly (RQ)


PTSD Research Quarterly (RQ)

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Trauma, Minority Stress, and Disproportionate
Health Burden Among LGBTQ+ People (PDF)

RQ Vol. 34(4), 2023 by Nicholas A. Livingston, PhD

Editorial Director: Paul Holtzheimer, MD
Bibliographic Editor: David Kruidenier, MLS
Managing Editor: Heather Smith, BA Ed


Abstract: People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender diverse, or queer (LGBTQ+) experience higher rates of stress and trauma than individuals who identify as heterosexual and cisgender. This can include events that clearly meet Criterion A of the DSM-5 PTSD diagnostic criteria, such as violence and sexual assault, but also includes frequent experiences of discrimination. Although many experiences of bias and discrimination may not meet Criterion A levels of acute intensity and severity, they may still have a significant impact on physical and mental health. This overview discusses the consequences of experiences of stress and trauma on LGBTQ+ people as well as potential directions for future research.


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