LGB-affirmative cognitive-behavioral therapy for young adult gay and bisexual men: A randomized controlled trial of a transdiagnostic minority stress approach

John E. Pachankis, Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, H. Jonathon Rendina, Steven Safren, Jeffrey T. Parsons

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Abstract

Objectives: We tested the preliminary efficacy of a transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral treatment adapted to improve depression, anxiety, and co-occurring health risks (i.e., alcohol use, sexual compulsivity, condomless sex) among young adult gay and bisexual men. Treatment adaptations focused on reducing minority stress processes that underlie sexual orientation-related mental health disparities. Method: Young gay and bisexual men (n = 63; M age = 25.94) were randomized to immediate treatment or a 3-month waitlist. At baseline, 3-month, and 6-month assessments, participants completed self-reports of mental health and minority stress and an interview of past-90-day risk behavior. Results: Compared to waitlist, treatment significantly reduced depressive symptoms (b =-2.43, 95% CI:-4.90, 0.35, p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)875-886
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume83
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • intervention
  • LGB-affirmative
  • minority stress
  • stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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