Stress and substance use among sexual and gender minority individuals across the lifespan

Elsevier, Neurobiology of Stress, Volume 10, February 2019
Authors: 
Parent M.C., Arriaga A., Gobble T., Wille L.

Sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals face marked disparities in substance use. The present narrative review explores research on substance use in SGM communities using a minority stress theory lens. We define the SGM population and minority stress, and explore stresses and substance use disparities in adolescence, adulthood, and older age. Though research on this topic is beginning to highlight the relationship between stress and substance use for SGM individuals, more work is needed on older SGM populations and in translating research findings to effective interventions.