Understanding Risk and Resilience for Sexual Minority Emerging Adults: a Longitudinal Outlook on Minority Stress, Mental Health, and Academic Perseverance

  • Mélissa GouletEmail author
  • Aude Villatte


Mental health symptoms are highly prevalent during emerging adulthood. During that developmental stage, some subgroups are at even higher risk of experiencing adjustment difficulties. Sexual minority emerging adults are more vulnerable to such difficulties than their heterosexual peers. The minority stress framework (Meyer, Psychol Sex Orientat Gend Divers 1:3–26, 2013) has been developed in order to provide insight on the greater risk of mental health symptoms that sexual minority emerging adults face, yet no theoretical model has explored simultaneously and longitudinally the different adjustment difficulties they face. Inspired by Meyer’s (Psychol Sex Orientat Gend Divers 1:3–26, 2013) framework, the present study aims to understand the specific personal and environmental risk and protective factors associated with anxiety and depressive symptoms and with academic difficulties experienced by sexual minority emerging adults.


Academic perseverance Anxiety Depression Mental health Resilience Sexual minorities 


Funding Information

This research was supported by a grant from Quebec’s Society and Culture Research Fund (FRQSC) awarded to Aude Villatte.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education and Specialized TrainingUniversity of Quebec in MontrealMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Psychoeducation and Psychology DepartmentUniversity of Quebec in OutaouaisSaint-JeromeCanada
  3. 3.Youth and Family Research CentreQuebec CityCanada

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