American Journal of Applied Psychology

Special Issue

Mental Health Challenges and Advances Among LGBTQ+ Communities

  • Submission Deadline: 1 August 2024
  • Status: Open for Submission
  • Lead Guest Editor: Heather Tillewein
About This Special Issue
Previous research has shown that LGBTQ+ individuals often face many mental health challenges compared to sexual and gender majority groups. There is also research that supports that LGBTQ+ individuals are at higher risk for substance use. There are several risk factors that placate to this phenomenon such as stigma, discrimination, minority stress theory, homophobia, transphobia, and lack of family or social support. This special issue focuses on the concerns of LGBTQ+ populations in terms of different psychological aspects that in return will gain insight to how to improve the mental health of LGBTQ+ individuals. This journal invites submissions or articles covering all areas of psychological research with a scope of LGBTQ+ health. Through this special issue, we aim to raise awareness on mental health among LGBTQ+ communities and to advocate for further research to support LGBTQ+ individuals. Empirical, theoretical or conceptual, review articles, and commentaries are welcomed. We welcome researchers from various disciplines to provide interdisciplinary perspectives on psychology and LGBTQ+ populations. Your contributions will play a crucial role in advancing knowledge in this field.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. Gender Affirming Care
  2. Mental Health and LGBTQ+ individuals
  3. Social Support and LGBTQ+
  4. Substance Use and LGBTQ+ populations.
  5. Risk and Protective Factors for Suicidality among LGBTQ+
Lead Guest Editor
  • Heather Tillewein

    Department of Health and Human Performance, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, United States

Guest Editors
  • Olivia Lewis

    Department of Education, Oregon State University, Corvallis, United States

  • Kristen Brewer

    Department of Public Health, Simmons University, Boston, United States

  • Lorraine Stigar

    Department of Public Health, Purdue University, West Lafayette, United States

  • Alexander Fields

    Department of Counseling, University of Nebraska, Omaha, United States

  • Madeline Castle

    Department of Counselor Education and Supervision, University of South Carolina, Columbia, United States

  • Mitchell Toomey

    Department of Psychological Science and Counseling, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, United States

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