Impact Of Supportive Policies On Minority Stress, Drinking And Health Among Women

Principal Investigators

Dates: 9/20/2017 - 7/31/2021

Co-Investigators:  Tonda Hughes, Timothy Johnson

Abstract: This competing renewal application will build on the PI's 15-year prospective study, the Chicago Health and Life Experiences of Women (CHLEW) (K01 AA00266 & R01 AA013328-09), which focuses on understanding the mechanisms linking minority sexual orientation and hazardous drinking (HD). HD is operationalized as an index that includes heavy episodic drinking, intoxication, adverse drinking consequences and symptoms of potential alcohol dependence. Participants in the previous phase (W3) of the CHLEW study were 354 sexual minority women (SMW: lesbian, bisexual) from the 3-wave longitudinal sample (79% retention at 10-year follow-up) and 373 new participants including younger (age 18-25), and additional Black, Latina, and bisexual SMW (total N=727). The study has collected rich data on individual and interpersonal (micro-level) risk and protective factors for heavy/hazardous alcohol use and alcohol-related problems and has to date produced more than 50 journal articles and book chapters and 6 completed doctoral dissertations.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism