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Participants needed for research into the resilience of gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals

Wednesday, 29 August 2012


Clinical Psychology PhD Candidate Geoffrey Carastathis from the School of Psychology and Social Science is currently recruiting participants for his study investigating what factors contribute to the resilience of gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals.

The experiences, for some, of those who identify as non-heterosexual can be marked with tremendous stress and negativity. For example, sexually diverse individuals are often subjected to harassment, victimisation, violence and discrimination solely based upon their sexual orientation. This stress and negativity, which stems from attitudes and behaviours of the general public, creates an adverse environment for gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals. Further to this, the adversity faced by these individuals has been closely linked with higher rates of mental and behavioural problems compared to heterosexuals. Given this, it is important to investigate what factors contribute to the ability of gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals to navigate their way to resources that ensure a healthy psychological well-being.

To participate

For those who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, are 16 years or older and are interested in contributing their time to this survey (which will take around 20 mins).

Please visit the Factors that contribute to the resilience of gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals project web page for the survey link and password required to enter the survey. 

Participants can go into a draw to win one of two $100 gift vouchers.

This research has been approved by the Edith Cowan University Human Research Ethics Committee.

If you would like any further information or would like to participate in this study, please contact Geoff Carastathis at


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