Sexual orientation, peer relationships, and depressive symptoms: Findings from a sociometric design

Chaim la Roi*, Tina Kretschmer, Rene Veenstra, Henny Bos, Luc Goossens, Karine Verschueren, Hilde Colpin, Karla Van Leeuwen, Wim Van Den Noortgate, Jan Kornelis Dijkstra

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Sexual minority youth report poorer mental health than heterosexual youth. According to the minority stress framework, this results from sexual minority individuals being societally marginalized, which for sexual minority youth may include being poorly integrated in the peer context. A sociometric approach was used to test whether peer relationships, measured broadly as friendship, acceptance, disliking, and bullying relationships, mediated the link between a sexual minority orientation and depressive symptoms in adolescence. Analyses were conducted across three samples from the Netherlands and Belgium (N = 352; N = 1848; N = 263). Sexual minority respondents reported higher levels of depressive symptoms than heterosexual respondents, yet sexual orientation differences in peer relationships were small. Moreover, no link between peer relationships and depressive symptoms was found. Consequently, indirect effects were small too.

Originele taal-2English
Artikelnummer101086
Aantal pagina's12
TijdschriftJournal of Applied Developmental Psychology
Volume66
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StatusPublished - 2020

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