Author ORCID Identifier

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dominic Parrott

Second Advisor

Kevin Swartout

Third Advisor

Eric Wright


The Minority Stress model (Meyer, 2003) posits that minorities experience stressors related to their marginalized identity that lead to health disparities. The current study addressed limitations in the literature by employing both intersectional and additive approaches to study the combined effects of racial and sexual minority stress on problematic drinking and IPV. 349 cisgender sexual minorities of color were recruited through an online panel service. Participants completed an online survey that assessed multiple minority stressors, problematic drinking, and IPV. Results supported a two-factor (external and internal minority stress) model that included intersectional constructs of both racial and sexual minority stressors. These constructs were positively related to problematic drinking as well as IPV. Additionally, modelling sexual and racial minority stressors additively revealed differential relationships between sexual, racial, external, and internal minority stressors and outcomes. The benefits of incorporating an intersectional approach in the study of LGB health are discussed.


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