Relationship commitment and alcohol use consequences among sexual minority women

Natasha S. Mendoza, Jessica Borders, Athena D.F. Sherman, De Shay Thomas, Vern Harner, Andrea Cimino

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Abstract

Sexual minority women [SMW] are a considerable population, yet they are often overlooked in behavioral health research focused on problematic alcohol use. With a foundation in Relational-Cultural Theory, we examined the association between relationship commitment and alcohol-related consequences among SMW. Participants were recruited to take part in a study about behavioral health and relationship functioning. Analyses included multiple regression. Preliminary findings indicated that commitment is associated with adverse alcohol use consequences among SMW in relationships. There is a need for more research examining the role of substance use in the context of committed same-gender relationships. Clinical practitioners who work with SMW couples should explore substance use patterns and associated consequences to better target the needs of SMW in committed relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-530
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

Keywords

  • Alcohol-related consequences
  • alcohol use
  • relationships
  • sexual minority
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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