Date of Award
Master of Science
Idia B. Thurston
Sexual minority young adults and individuals with weight self-stigma (WSS) are more likely to experience psychopathology and cope via drug use. Despite a sizeable body of research examining the relationship between WSS and psychological outcomes, researchers have not explored whether sexual orientation contributes to the relationship between weight self-stigma and drug use. Recruiting from Amazon Mechanical Turk and a Midsouth university sample, we surveyed 568 young adults about depressive symptoms, WSS, substance use, and sexual orientation. Sexual orientation was examined as a moderator between self-stigma and drug use. The interaction between sexual orientation and WSS was significant (p < .05), such that for sexual minorities there was a significant positive association of WSS on drug use, while for heterosexual youth the association was not significant. Findings suggest that the compounded stigma associated with being a sexual minority and experiencing internalized weight stigma is related to drug use problems.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Paladino, Andrew Joseph, "Weight Self-Stigma and Drug Use among Young Adults: Examining Sexual Orientation as a Moderator" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1797.