LGB Service Members’ Relationship Status, Satisfaction, and Well-Being: A Brief Report

Elizabeth N. Savarese, Jessica Collazo, Wyatt R. Evans, Kimberly F. Balsam

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Recently, the legal landscape for sexual minorities in the United States has changed dramatically, prompting empirical research on lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) couples and LGB service members. This study examined the relationship characteristics and mental health of LGB service members in couple relationships and compared partnered and single LGB service members. A total of 238 LGB service members completed an anonymous survey, including questions about demographics, identity, military experiences, and mental health symptoms. Results of descriptive and exploratory analyses revealed no significant differences in mental health between partnered and single participants. However, partnered individuals reported higher outness and lower internalized homophobia compared with their single counterparts. Analyses also revealed negative associations between relationship satisfaction and mental health symptoms among partnered participants. Among the first to examine LGB service members’ romantic relationships, the results of this study have important clinical and policy implications and inform next steps in researching this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalArmed Forces and Society
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • mental health
  • relationship satisfaction
  • service members
  • sexual minorities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Safety Research


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