Social Support Networks Among Diverse Sexual Minority Populations

By David M. Frost, Ilan Meyer, and Sharon Schwartz
February 2016

Gay and bisexual men tend to rely on other gay and bisexual men for major needs, whereas heterosexuals, lesbians and bisexual women rely more on family, according to a new report published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. The study differentiated between support for major needs – such as borrowing a large sum of money or help when one is sick – and everyday needs – such as small favors, social activities, help with small chores or discussing worries. For everyday needs, all groups relied more on others, like friends and coworkers, rather than family or their partners. LGB people relied primarily on other LGB people of the same race or ethnicity as themselves. Patterns were similar across all racial and ethnic groups.

The study, titled “Social Support Networks Among Diverse Sexual Minority Populations,” examined data collected in New York City under the Stride Project supported by the NIH (MH066058).

For the full report, click here.

For the press release, click here.