Mental health among Israeli homosexual adolescents and young adults

Geva Shenkman, Dov Shmotkin

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This study examines the mental health status of Israeli homosexuals in adolescence and early adulthood in comparison to heterosexual controls. We compared 219 homosexuals (136 gay men and 83 lesbian women) with 219 individually matched heterosexuals on indices of depression and subjective well being. In line with the study hypothesis, the results indicated that the homosexual participants reported more depressive symptoms and more negative affect than matched heterosexuals. However, the homosexuals were also found to report a higher level of positive affect. This study suggests that co-activated systems of negative and positive emotions facilitate adaptation among young homosexuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-116
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • Depression
  • Gay and lesbian youth
  • Mental health
  • Subjective well being


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