The relationship between physical activity, stress, and resilience in sexual and gender minority college students

Date

2023

Authors

Peyer, Karissa
Hogg, Jennifer A.
Carlson, Lynette M.
Sa, Jaesin

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Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Abstract

Objective To assess the role of sexual orientation and gender identity in the relationship between physical activity (PA), stress and resilience.

Participants A nationally-representative sample of students (n = 91,718) from United States postsecondary institutions.

Methods Students reported aerobic and strength training (ST) behaviors, stress, resilience, gender identity and sexual orientation. Moderated regressions examined the influence of gender identity and sexual orientation on the relationship between PA and stress or resilience.

Results Men and heterosexual students reported higher PA and resilience and lower stress than did women, gender minorities, and sexual minorities. Significant moderation was found for women, queer students, bisexual students, trans women and lesbians in the various models.

Conclusions Gender minority and sexual minority students display poorer levels of PA and mental health than cisgender and heterosexual counterparts, but this relationship varies by identity group.

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Keywords

Minority stress, Sexual and gender minority (SGM), University

Citation

This is the post-print version of an article that is available at https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2023.2248508. Recommended citation: Peyer, K. L., Hogg, J. A., Carlson, L. M., & Sa, J. (2023). The relationship between physical activity, stress, and resilience in sexual and gender minority college students. Journal of American College Health, 1–11. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.

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