Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people of color (LGB PoC) continue to remain an understudied population. Research supports that LGB PoC may experience greater negative health consequences compared to LGB racial/ethnic majority populations. Social support, including family and peer support, is often associated with positive health outcomes for sexual minorities of all backgrounds. The present study sought to evaluate differences between types of social support, including what occurs when one is faced with significant loss of support (i.e., family support). Comparisons between groups sought to determine whether alternative systems of support (i.e., peer social support) buffers against the negative impact of lost family support (i.e., family victimization). LGB (n = 28) and LGB PoC (n = 45) participated in an online survey where victimization history, social support, self-esteem, internalized homonegativity and psychological health were assessed. Result indicated that LGB PoC experienced family victimization at similar rates as the LGB majority, though LGB PoC reported increasingly less familial support and significantly greater rates of internalized homonegativity. Moderated mediation analysis revealed that social support did not buffer against health consequences for either group, though differences between groups remained. Family victimization and self-esteem significantly predicted depressive and anxiety symptoms for LGB PoC, though these findings were mixed when assessed within the LGB majority sample.
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Ruiz, Jessica, "Social Support and Mental Health Outcomes of LGB People of Color" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 279.