Sexual Orientation: Identity, Victimization, and Health
The Social and Behavioral Health Research Group hosts a talk by Dr. Robert J. Cramer, Associate Professor of Community and Environmental Health at Old Dominion University, entitled, "Sexual Orientation: Identity, Victimization, and Health." This talk begins with a primer in models of sexual orientation identity, with emphasis on contemporary social science-based perspectives. This introduction is followed by an overview of key theoretical tenets concerning the identity-, stigma-, and coping-related determinants of LGBQ+ health. Cramer then presents sample community-engaged studies addressing LGBQ+ topics such as HIV-related stigma, hate crime victimization, suicide risk, and identity measurement. The presentation concludes with an interactive case study aimed at fostering discussion of applications, limitations and future directions in this critical area of research.