This research examines gender and sexual identity differences in alcohol use and victimization among gay, lesbian and bisexual men and women.
This Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award
provided support for advanced statistical and qualitative analytic
training (including use of Atlas.ti software), as well as the
completion of a mixed-methods study to examine the relationship
between victimization and substance use among sexual minority men
and women. Extensive baseline surveys were conducted to assess
participants’ mental health symptoms, victimization
experiences (i.e., sexual aggression, intimate partner violence,
bias-based discrimination), substance use, and coping strategies.
Event-based qualitative interviews identified characteristics of
recent sexual aggression events. Participants included nearly 400
gay men, lesbians, bisexual men and bisexual women, thus allowing
for the examination of gender and sexual identity differences in
the outcomes of interest from a sexual minority stress perspective.
The study was conducted in collaboration with Kathleen A.
Parks, PhD, R. Lorraine Collins, PhD, of UB’s School of
Public Health and Health Professions, and Michael R.
Funded by a grant of $579,325 from NIAAA, 2006-2012.