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NYU: Daily Microaggressions and Mood in Young Gay and Bisexual Men

A study authored by Dr. Stephanie Cook, assistant professor of biostatistics and social and behavioral sciences, Dr. Rumi Chunara, assistant professor of biostatistics, and doctoral student Ms. Erica Wood, at New York University College of Global Public Health, was published by The National Center for Instituional Diversity Currents titled “Daily Microaggressions and Mood in a Community-Based Sample of Young Gay and Bisexual Men: A Focus on Within-Person Daily Processes.”

In the United States, young gay and bisexual men, especially young gay and bisexual men of color (YGBMC), are at an increased risk for poor health outcomes as compared to their heterosexual and non-racial/ethnic counterparts. The increased risk for poor health outcomes are linked to the stigma and discrimination that many YGBMC face within their daily lives, known as minority stress. A specific form of everyday discrimination that has been understudied in the context of YGBMC is microaggressions.

The findings suggest that there is an important need for additional research that uses within-person research designs and analyses to understand the ways in which microaggressions impact health and well-being, specifically among YGBMC at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities. On the other hand, there is a need to examine other health and behavioral outcomes as it pertains to microaggressions among YGBMC. Future research should also focus on understanding key factors that may buffer the negative effects of daily microaggressions and health. Lastly, further exploration into how daily exposure to microaggressions influence the mental health and well-being of YGBMC may lead to the development of more sustainable mental health interventions.

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