University of Maryland School of Public Health Assistant Professor Jessica Fish recently published three articles related to the health and well-being of sexual and gender minorities.
One article, “Victimization Disparities Between Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Youth from Ages 9 to 15,” was co-authored with Dr. Alexa Martin‐Storey of the Université de Sherbrooke and published in the Child Development Journal. The study examined the onset and progression of victimization disparities experienced by sexual minority youth. The findings showcase the importance of understanding homophobic experiences of sexual minority youth during late childhood and early adolescence in order to inform prevention programs.
Another article, “Trends in Alcohol-Related Disparities Between Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Youth: Findings from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey,” was co-authored with Dr. Laura Baams of the University of Groningen and published in the LGBT Health Journal. The study assessed trends in alcohol-related disparities between heterosexual and sexual minority adolescents in the United States from 2007 to 2015. The study concludes that despite overall declines in adolescent alcohol use, alcohol-related disparities between heterosexual youth and sexual minority youth persist and for some sexual minority youth they have widened.
The article, “Reconsidering the LGBT Climate Inventory: Understanding Support and Hostility for LGBTQ Employees in the Workplace,” was co-authored with Dr. Elizabeth Grace Holman of Bowling Green State University; Dr. Ramona Faith Oswald of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and Abbie Goldberg of Clarksburg University and published in the Journal of Career Assessment. This study recommends that the scoring approach for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Climate Inventory (LGBTCI) be reconsidered. The LGBTCI is a measure of workplace climate for LGBTQ individuals, intended to capture the full range of workplace climate from hostility to support. The study’s research findings suggest that a more accurate measure of workplace climate would include independent scales for support and hostility.
Additionally, Dr. Fish’s recent presentations include “LGBTQ Community-Based Youth Organizations: Who Participates and What Difference Does It Make?”; “Accumulative Risk for Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders for Sexual and Gender Minority Adolescents Living in Foster Care or Shelters”; “Mental Health Disparities at the Intersection of Sexual Minority Status and Foster Care: Findings from a US Representative Sample”; and “Mental Health Disparities for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care: Findings from US Adolescents.”
Dr. Fish’s recent research publications and presentations continue to add to the advancements of research that focuses on the health and well-being of sexual and gender minorities.
Dr. Jessica Fish, who is in the Department of Family Science, is a human development scholar whose research focuses on the health and well-being of sexual and gender minorities (i.e., lesbian/gay, bisexual, and transgender people) and their families. Broadly, Dr. Fish studies the sociocultural and interpersonal factors that shape the development and health of sexual and gender minority youth and adults. Her overarching goal is to identify modifiable factors that contribute to sexual and gender minority health disparities in order to inform developmentally-sensitive policies, programs, and prevention strategies that promote the health of sexual and gender minority people and their families across the life course.