Early Career Tenure-track Researcher, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
1 active project
LGBTQ Housing and Mental Health
Scientific Questions Being Studied
It is well documented that individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) are at higher risk for housing instability and adverse mental health and substance use outcomes than individuals who identify as heterosexual. Many studies that previously examined these outcomes have been limited to large cities (e.g., New York City or Los Angeles) with few providing a nation-wide overview of these issues. The aims of this study are to: (1) examine housing differences by sexual orientation and gender identity and (2) assess the relationship between mental health and substance use outcomes and housing instability among LGBTQ people. Secondary aims include examining these differences by other sociodemographic characteristics including race/ethnicity, income, educational attainment, and geographic location.
- Population Health
- Social / Behavioral
We plan to use most recent general All of Us dataset. We will examine the data using descriptive statistics including chi-square/ANOVA/t-tests to assess the general associations. Then we will implement a series of logistic regressions based on what proves to be significant at the bivariate level.
(1) We hypothesize that individuals who identify as LGBTQ would be at higher risk for housing instability compared to those who identify as heterosexual.
(2) Among those who identify as LGBTQ, we anticipate that those who are experiencing housing instability will also endorse adverse mental health and substance use outcomes.
(3) We expect that there will be sociodemographic differences by race/ethnicity, income, educational attainment, and geography based on all outcomes assessed.
The findings from this analysis will add to the LGBTQ health disparities literature as it will provide a national overview of these important stressors and issues. The findings can be used to inform housing, mental health, and substance use policies, programs, and initiatives at the national level, and can also be narrowed down geographically depending on the differences in results.
Demographic Categories of Interest
- Race / Ethnicity
- Sex at Birth
- Gender Identity
- Sexual Orientation
- Education Level
- Income Level
- Kristen Krause - Early Career Tenure-track Researcher, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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