Confidant support and the mental wellbeing of lesbian and gay young adults: a longitudinal analysis
Version of Record online: 2 MAY 2002
Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology
Special Issue: Social Psychological Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Issues in Europe: The State of the Art.
Volume 12, Issue 3, pages 181–193, May/June 2002
How to Cite
Vincke, J. and van Heeringen, K. (2002), Confidant support and the mental wellbeing of lesbian and gay young adults: a longitudinal analysis. J. Community. Appl. Soc. Psychol., 12: 181–193. doi: 10.1002/casp.671
- Issue online: 2 MAY 2002
- Version of Record online: 2 MAY 2002
- lesbian and gay youth;
- mental wellbeing;
- social support
Lesbian and gay young adults can experience adverse life conditions associated with their sexual minority status. It is not always easy for them to obtain the necessary social support to cope with these challenges. We used short-term longitudinal data from a survey of 197 lesbian and gay young adults (121 males and 76 females) to investigate how and to what extent the availability of confidants affects depression, hopelessness and self-esteem. We also investigated whether and to what extent mental health outcomes are related not only to initial levels of confidant support but also to changes regarding the availability of confidants. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and hierarchical stepwise regression analysis. Results showed that confidant support at base level correlated only with the perceived quality of lesbian and gay friendships and not with parental acceptance. Also, change in confidant support over time seemed to be more important than its initial levels. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.