Is There A Relationship Between Sexual Orientation And Anxiety?

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Is there a relationship between sexual orientation and anxiety? INTRODUCTION Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses within the United States. The National Institute of Mental Health (2016) states that 40 million adults are affected by anxiety and other related disorders. Given how anxiety disorders are often born out of extreme stress and traumatic events, some groups are more prone to them than others. This paper will be reviewing the relationship between anxiety disorders and people who identify as LGBT+. Members of the LGBT+ community face several stressors that heterosexual people do not, such as fear of being ostracized from their family and friends due to their relationships. Because of this, it is hypothesized…show more content…
For a study meant to compare straight and non-straight there was a disproportionate amount of straight people in the survey. While that provides a lot of knowledge about straight people, they were not the group of interest in this survey. In order to get this information, a convenience or internet study might have been better as more lesbians, gays, and bisexuals could have access to the study. The following study by Mereish and Poteat (2015) did indeed use an internet survey in order to gain more knowledge on LGB+ members. Their goal was to create a model that showed the harmful physiological and psychological effects of shame and loneliness with a focus on gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and people who otherwise identify as queer. This study was given as a series of questionnaires about various topics subjects faced over the last year ranging from harassment, internalized homophobia, anxiety, and physical distress. The data in this study showed that there was a very strong relationship between anxiety and shame as the two variables had a 0.66 correlation. Given that many sexual minorities are shamed for being who they are it is expected to see this sort of relationship. Loneliness did not provide the same strong relationship, but still had a modest correlation of 0.48. While the correlational data in this study is wonderful, the remaining parts of the data are quite confusing. Many of the statistics just do not make any sense. In
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