Associations Between Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Depression Among Same-Sex Couples: Moderating Effects of Dyadic Coping

Ashley Randall, Chun Tao, Casey J. Totenhagen, Kelsey J. Walsh, Ashley N. Cooper

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Drawing from minority stress theory and the systemic–transactional model, we examined whether perceptions of partner's dyadic coping behavior moderated the association between sexual orientation discrimination stress and symptoms of depression among individuals in a same-sex relationship. Data from 95 same-sex couples revealed that, overall, sexual orientation discrimination stress was positively associated with depressive symptoms; however, perceived partner emotion-focused supportive dyadic coping weakened this association. Specifically, higher sexual orientation discrimination stress was associated with greater depressive symptoms only for individuals perceiving low partner emotion-focused supportive dyadic coping. Implications for researchers and clinicans are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Couple and Relationship Therapy
StateAccepted/In press - Dec 14 2016



  • depression
  • dyadic coping
  • same-sex relationships
  • Sexual orientation discrimination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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