The Role of Age in the Sexual Minority Stress Process
This session will overview the minority stress process for older sexual minorities and how it relates to health, well-being, and social outcomes.
4:40 PM - 5:40 PMMon
BELTSSPsychology MCESocial Work/Counselor
Toni L. Bisconti, Ph.D.
University of Akron, Dept of Psychology
Michael T. Vale , M.A.
University of Akron
This session will overview the minority stress process for older sexual minorities and how it relates to health, well-being, and social outcomes. This session will overview the age-related nuances in the minority stress process and the protective mechanisms that foster resilience in older sexual minorities. Data examining minority stress in a lifespan sample of sexual minorities (ages 18-80) in how it predicts health and relationships will be presented.
Participants will be able to:
- Define and have a basic understanding of minority stressors and the minority stress process
- Connect minority stressors to links with health, well-being, and romantic relationships
- Identify age differences in minority stressors and the stress-distress relationship.
- Understand protective psychosocial factors for older sexual minorities.