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    Psychological Adjustment Profiles of LGBTQ+ young adults residing with their parents during the COVID-19 pandemic: an international study

    Vázquez, I. and Gato, J. and Coimbra, S. and Tasker, Fiona and Barrientos, J. and Miscioscia, M. and Cerqueira-Santos, E. and Malmquist, A. and Seabra, D. and Leal, D. and Houghton, Marie and Poli, M. and Gubello, A. and Ramos, M. and Guzmán, M. and Urzúa, A. and Ulloa, F. and Wurm, M. (2023) Psychological Adjustment Profiles of LGBTQ+ young adults residing with their parents during the COVID-19 pandemic: an international study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 20 (4), p. 3188. ISSN 1660-4601.

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    Abstract

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with poor mental health symptoms, particularly among vulnerable populations such as LGBTQ+ individuals. In the present study, we aimed to (i) identify different psychological adjustment profiles among LGBTQ+ young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic and compare LGBTQ+ young adults in relation to (ii) sociodemographic characteristics and COVID-19-related experiences and (iii) the internal and external protective resources associated with each adjustment profile. An online questionnaire was administered to 1699 LGBTQ+ young adults from six countries (Brazil, Chile, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, and the UK). A cluster analysis was conducted, and four profiles of psychological adjustment were identified: unchallenged, resilient, distressed, and at-risk. The at-risk cluster scored lowest in social support (particularly from family). The profiles of participants who experienced the highest levels of pandemic adversity (at-risk and resilient) comprised mostly South American participants, those under lockdown at the time of survey completion, those who self-identified as transgender and non-binary, and those with a plurisexual sexual orientation. Interventions should consider strategies to help young adults maintain support systems and reinforce the value of positive family relationships. Specific groups within the LGBTQ+ community that seem to be in a particularly vulnerable situation may need additional tailored support.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): resilience, LGBTQ+, COVID-19, adjustment profiles, well-being, person-centered approach, social support
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS)
    Depositing User: Fiona Tasker
    Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2023 06:28
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:20
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/50629

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