Effects of participation in and connectedness to the LGBT community on substance use involvement of sexual minority young people

Demant, Daniel, Hides, Leanne, White, Katherine M and Kavanagh, David J (2018) Effects of participation in and connectedness to the LGBT community on substance use involvement of sexual minority young people. Addictive behaviors, 81 167-174. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.01.028


Author Demant, Daniel
Hides, Leanne
White, Katherine M
Kavanagh, David J
Title Effects of participation in and connectedness to the LGBT community on substance use involvement of sexual minority young people
Journal name Addictive behaviors   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-6327
0306-4603
Publication date 2018-01-31
Year available 2018
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.01.028
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 81
Start page 167
End page 174
Total pages 8
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Subject 2701 Medicine (miscellaneous)
3203 Clinical Psychology
3005 Toxicology
2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
Abstract Research shows disproportionate levels of substance use among sexual minority young people. A range of reasons for these disparities have been suggested, including connectedness to and participation in the LGBT community. Little is known about how these constructs are related to substance use involvement in sexual minority (sub)groups or how these relationships are affected by other factors.

1266 young sexual minority Australians completed a cross-sectional online survey. Multiple regressions were conducted to assess associations between connectedness to and participation in the LGBT community on substance use involvement, before and after controlling for other factors such as substance use motives, psychological distress, wellbeing, resilience, minority stress, and age.

Most participants identified as homosexual (57%, n=726) and male (54%, n=683). In the overall sample, participation in and connectedness the LGBT community were significantly associated with increased substance use involvement before (F(2,1263)=35.930, p≤0.001, R2=0.052) and after controlling for other variables (F(8,1095)=33.538, p≤0.001, R2=0.191), with meaningfully higher effect sizes for participation than for connectedness. After controlling for other variables, connectedness only remained significant for homosexuals. Effect sizes for participation were higher for females than males, and bisexuals than homosexuals. However, participation in the LGBT Community was not associated with substance use in participants identifying with a non-binary gender identity. In conclusion, substance use involvement was associated with participation in the LGBT community, but connectedness to the LGBT community only had a weak association with substance use involvement in the homosexual subgroup.
Keyword Community connectedness
Community participation
Gender
LGBT community
Sexual minority
Substance use involvement
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID APP1119098
Institutional Status UQ

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