Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (AMCIS)

AMCIS Seminar Allen Leblanc: Couple-Level Minority Stress and the Well-Being of Sexual Minority Populations

27Feb2018 15:30 - 17:00


Members of same-sex couples continue to contend with stress related to stigma and prejudice despite improved social and policy climates.

Minority stress frameworks have traditionally focused narrowly on stressors as they affect individuals who are socially stigmatized. Stigma associated with marginalized relationship forms have has generally been ignored in minority stress research.

Couple-level stress

Our recent theoretical writing and research have led us to conceive of, qualitatively assess, and empirically measure novel couple-level stress constructs that potentially play an important role in influencing the well-being of same-sex couples. In this talk we review: (1) the development of an extended minority stress theoretical framework to include couple-level minority stress;

(2) findings from a large-scale, “relationship timeline” study of same-sex couples designed to assess couple-level minority stressors;

and (3) our first empirical test of the role of a couple-level minority stressor influencing mental health among people in same-sex relationships. In conclusion we discuss the unrealized potential of couple-level minority stress constructs in the study of social stress and health disparities faced by sexual minority individuals and same-sex couples.

About Allen LeBlanc

Dr. Allen J. LeBlanc is Health Equity Institute (HEI) Professor of Sociology at SFSU. He teaches Medical Sociology, Sociology of Mental Health, and Social Problems. His research on societal and individual responses to chronic illness and disability; the social etiology of stress and health; and government programs relating to disability and health care for low-income Americans has been widely published.

His current interests include the study of social stress, psychosocial resources, and health. In particular, he examines the relational context of stress experience, focusing for example on how stress is shared between persons in intimate relationships. His ongoing projects include a five-year study of "Minority Stress and Mental Health among Same-Sex Couples," funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development.

This seminar is being co-organized with the Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS).

Location: REC-B2.04, 15.30-17.00 (drinks afterwards)

  • Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw B/C/D (ingang D)

    Nieuwe Achtergracht 127 | 1018 WS Amsterdam
    Receptie B: 525 5340 Receptie C: 525 5470

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