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December 17, 2018

Family Science Assistant Professor Dr. Jessica Fish recently published three articles related to the health and well-being of sexual and gender minorities. Her article entitled “Victimization disparities between heterosexual and sexual minority youth from ages 9 to 15” was published in the Child Development journal. This research examined the onset and progression of these victimization disparities experienced by sexual minority youth. The research findings from the article showcase the importance of understanding homophobic experiences of sexual minority youth during late childhood and early adolescence in order to inform prevention programs.

Dr. Fish also published an article entitled “Trends in alcohol-related disparities between heterosexual and sexual minority youth: Findings from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey” in the LGBT Health journal. Her research assessed trends in alcohol-related disparities between heterosexual and sexual minority adolescents in the United States from 2007 to 2015. The research findings were able to conclude that despite overall declines in adolescent alcohol use, alcohol-related disparities between heterosexual youth and sexual minority youth persist and for some sexual minority youth they have widened.

Additionally, Dr. Fish published an article entitled “Reconsidering the LGBT climate inventory: Understanding support and hostility for LGBTQ employees in the workplace” in the Journal of Career Assessment. This article argues the scoring approach for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Climate Inventory (LGBTCI), which is a measure of workplace climate for LGBQ individuals, intended to capture the full range of workplace climate from hostility to support, should be reconsidered. Research findings from the study suggest that a more accurate measure of workplace climate would include independent scales for support and hostility.

Moreover, Dr. Fish’s recent presentations include “LGBTQ community-based youth organizations: Who participates and what difference does it make?”; “Accumulative risk for alcohol and substance use disorders for sexual and gender minority adolescents living in foster care or shelters”; “Mental Health Disparities at the Intersection of Sexual Minority Status and Foster Care: Findings from a US Representative Sample”; and “Mental health disparities for LGBTQ youth in foster care: Findings from US adolescents”.

Dr. Fish’s recent research publications and presentations continue to add to the advancements of research that focuses on the health and well-being of sexual and gender minorities.

Dr. Jessica Fish is a human development and family science scholar whose research focuses on the health and well-being of sexual and gender minorities (i.e., lesbian/gay, bisexual, and transgender people) and their families. Broadly, Dr. Fish studies the sociocultural and interpersonal factors that shape the development and health of sexual and gender minority youth and adults. Her overarching goal is to identify modifiable factors that contribute to sexual and gender minority health disparities in order to inform developmentally-sensitive policies, programs, and prevention strategies that promote the health of sexual and gender minority people and their families across the life course.

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