Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2015

Publication Title

Journal of College Student Development

Volume

56

Issue

2

Abstract

We compared a matched sample of heterosexual and lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) students on 5 psychosocial adjustment composites, longitudinally across the transitional first year of college. Both LGB and heterosexual students experienced a significant increase in psychological distress over the first semester, along with significant decreases in psychological well-being and cognitive-affective strengths. Across the entire first year, LGB students demonstrated consistently greater psychological distress, greater cognitive-affective vulnerabilities, and less social well-being compared to heterosexual peers. This research indicates specific challenges that LGB students experience during the first year of university, suggesting opportunities for promoting successful transitions through this developmental milestone.

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Author Posting. © American College Personnel Association (ACPA), 2015. This article is posted here by permission of the American College Personnel Association for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in Journal of College Student Development, Volume 56, Issue 2, March 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/csd.2015.0017

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