The costs of being “different”: sexual identity and subjective wellbeing over the life course in contemporary Australia

Perales, Francisco (2014). The costs of being “different”: sexual identity and subjective wellbeing over the life course in contemporary Australia. LCC Working Paper Series 2014-07, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland.

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Author Perales, Francisco
Title The costs of being “different”: sexual identity and subjective wellbeing over the life course in contemporary Australia
School, Department or Centre Institute for Social Science Research
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Series LCC Working Paper Series
Report Number 2014-07
Publication date 2014-11
Total pages 24
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Vast social transformations in recent decades have resulted in the emergence of a sociopolitical climate that is progressively more accepting of sexual minorities. However, sexual identity remains an important aspect influencing people’s lives, and is believed to have independent effects on subjective wellbeing via stigmatization and discrimination of sexual minorities. We use recently available, nationally representative, Australian panel data (n≈15,000 individuals & 111,000 person-year observations) and panel regression models to provide the most encompassing and generalizable empirical account to-date of how sexual identity influences a range of subjective wellbeing outcomes, including mental health, life satisfaction, psychological distress and feelings of safety, and how its effects evolve over individuals’ life courses. We find that the subjective wellbeing of gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals is significantly worse than that of heterosexual individuals. Disparities are most apparent during adolescence and early adulthood and tend to close as people age, especially for bisexual individuals.
Keyword Sexual identity
Minority stress
Life course
Wellbeing
Australia
Institutional Status UQ

 
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Created: Tue, 13 Jan 2015, 09:39:34 EST by Francisco Paco Perales on behalf of Institute for Social Science Research