≪Organizer Abstract≫
Although the Minority Stress Theory (MST) framework has been supported by a decade of empirical research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adolescents, conducting research on gender and sexual minority youth is quite challenging and has illuminated areas of need for further development. This thematic session will explore current and future directions of MST youth research, reporting new findings from four experts in this field. Presenters will discuss the application of new theoretical developments in MST, including the role of coping, to LGBT youth; how MST constructs are operationalized in the daily lives of adolescents; development of a new minority stress measure for LGBT youth; and an adapted model for suicide risk in the LGBT adolescent population. We conclude with a preview of two forthcoming international adolescent studies and a discussion of the cross-cultural application of MST constructs to gender and sexual minority youth.
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