Stressful life events, sexual orientation, and cardiometabolic risk among young adults in the United States

Citation:

Hatzenbuehler, M. L., Slopen, N., McLaughlin, K. A., & McLaughlin, K. A. (2014). Stressful life events, sexual orientation, and cardiometabolic risk among young adults in the United States. Health Psychology: Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association , 33 (10), 1185–1194.
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oct

Abstract:

{OBJECTIVE: The goal of the present study was to examine whether sexual minority young adults are more vulnerable to developing cardiometabolic risk following exposure to stressful life events than heterosexual young adults. METHOD: Data came from the National Longitudinal Study for Adolescent Health (Shin, Edwards, & Heeren, 2009; Brummett et al., 2013), a prospective nationally representative study of U.S. adolescents followed into young adulthood. A total of 306 lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) respondents and 6,667 heterosexual respondents met inclusion criteria for this analysis. Measures of cumulative stressful life events were drawn from all 4 waves of data collection; sexual orientation and cardiometabolic biomarkers were assessed at Wave 4 (2008-2009). RESULTS: Gay/bisexual men exposed to 1-2 ($\beta$ = 0.71

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