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The stress associated with the coming out process in the young adult population

Charbonnier, Elodie; Graziani, Pierluigi

Journal of gay & lesbian mental health -- Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group -- Volume: 20 4; (pages 319-328) -- 2016

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  • Title:
    The stress associated with the coming out process in the young adult population
  • Author: Charbonnier, Elodie;
    Graziani, Pierluigi
  • Found In: Journal of gay & lesbian mental health. Volume 20:Number 4(2016); 20161001; 319-328
  • Journal Title: Journal of gay & lesbian mental health
  • Subjects: Gays Mental health; Lesbians Mental health; Homosexuality; Psychotherapy; Bisexuality; Bisexuality; Gays Mental health; Homosexuality; Lesbians Mental health; Psychotherapy; LCSH: Gays Mental health; LCSH: Lesbians Mental health; LCSH: Homosexuality; LCSH: Psychotherapy; LCSH: Bisexuality; Dewey: 616.8900866405
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
  • Abstract: ABSTRACT

    The aim of this study was to show the characteristics of stress during a highly stressful coming out compared to other stress situations. Our sample comprised 400 lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) young adults ages 18–26 recruited from two French online dating sites. The results showed high stress during the coming-out process, and almost all participants experienced at least one stressful coming out. According to the transactional model of stress, the primary appraisal (risk assessment/threat) and the secondary appraisals (resources) were examined. Two specificities were present during coming out: the fear to hurt close ones and the limited resources to cope. These data show the necessity of better understanding this specific stressor and developing interventions for young French LGB people.


  • Identifier: Journal ISSN: 1935-9705
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100035206331.0x000001

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