Unit Acceptance and Psychological Distress Among LGB Military Service Members: Preliminary Findings from a National Survey

Wyatt R. Evans, Christina M. Rincon, Peter Goldblum, Scott L. Johnston, Kimberly F. Balsam

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Abstract

Literature clearly elucidates the association between unit cohesion and service members’ well-being. Similarly, social support/acceptance of sexual identity is related to better mental health among lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) populations. No research exists examining the relation between perceived unit acceptance of LGB service members and LGB service members’ psychological distress. Among LGB service members in this sample, the majority reported their units were accepting of LGB members. A significant minority reported serving in non-accepting units and these participants reported greater psychological distress. Findings inform researchers, policymakers, and mental health providers serving LGB service members seeking support related to unit non-acceptance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-176
Number of pages7
JournalMilitary Behavioral Health
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • acceptance
  • LGB
  • mental health
  • military
  • service member

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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