Adolescents identifying as sexual minority found to be 3 times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual peers

Group of teens at gay pride parade

Three researchers affiliated with the Harvard Pop Center* are among the authors of a study in Pediatrics that looked at changes in US adolescent reported sexual orientation and suicide attempts by sexual orientation from 2009–2017. Authors on the study include: Julia Raifman, Brittany M. Charlton, Renata Arrington-Sanders, Philip A. Chan, Jack Rusley, Kenneth H. Mayer*, Michael D. Stein, S. Bryn Austin* and Margaret McConnell*. Photo: Seven Seas of Rhye on…

Are sexual minorities at a greater risk of experiencing stress?

Head shot of Bryn Austin

Harvard Pop Center faculty member S. Bryn Austin, PhD, and Graduate Student Affiliate Brielle Bryan have authored a study that indicates that sexual minority women (lesbian and bisexual) physiologically experience more stress based on disparities in sympathetic nervous system biomarkers.

Self-perceived obesity/weight linked to increased cardiometabolic risks

A study by three faculty members—S. Bryn Austin, SV Subramanian, and Ichiro Kawachi—and their colleague found that Koreans who merely perceived themselves to be overweight or obese faced increased cardiometabolic risks, such as high blood pressure and elevated triglycerides.

State laws permitting denial of services to same-sex couples linked to significant increase in mental distress among sexual minority adults

S. Bryn Austin, ScD, is an author on a paper published in JAMA Psychiatry that has found that state laws permitting the denial of services to sexual minorities (currently, 12 states have such laws) was associated with a 46% increase in the proportion of sexual minority (defined as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or not sure of their sexual orientation) adults experiencing mental distress.

Does gender nonconformity impact quality of life for adolescents and young adults?

Three Harvard Pop Center faculty members—Nancy Krieger, Cassandra Okechukwu and S. Bryn Austin—are authors on a study published in the journal Quality of Life Research that finds that the health-related quality of life for youth who behave and appear in ways that are considered atypical for their gender is impacted in several different ways.