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Mental and Behavioral Health of Sexual Minorities

Submission deadline: 15 July 2022
Special Issue Editor
Henrique Pereira, MD
Department of Psychology and Education, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal
Interests: LGBTQIA+ people; Mental health; Behavioral health; Well-Being; Sexual stigma; Risk factors; Protective factors
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A large body of epidemiological research has identified factors that put members of sexual minorities at risk for mental health and behavioral problems, including depression, anxiety, and suicidal behavior. Current research has associated interpersonal discrimination with poor mental health outcomes among lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer people, intersex, asexual and other (LGBTQIA+). However, further investigations of the influence of social contexts or norms on mental health and well-being disparities among sexual minorities are needed.

This is an essential task, with has important implications for initiating social interventions and policies designed to prevent and treat mental health disorders in sexual minorities. This special issue will contribute to diminishing mental health disparities among LGBTQIA+ people and allow further social inclusion of sexual minority individuals, by focusing on methods to enhance the effectiveness of primary care and related services, and reviewing the on-going research in this field. Sexual orientation and gender identity need to become a part of routine data collection so that inequalities in mental health and well-being can be more fully understood and addressed. In this Special Issue, we welcome original research, reviews and commentaries that provide new knowledge about the determinants of mental health and well-being among LGBTQIA+ people from around the world.

Assoc Prof. Henrique Pereira

Guest Editor

LGBTQIA+ people
Mental health
Behavioral health
Sexual stigma
Risk factors
Protective factors
Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted via our online editorial system at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to start your submission. Manuscripts can be submitted now or up until the deadline. All papers will go through peer-review process. Accepted papers will be published in the journal (as soon as accepted) and meanwhile listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, reviews as well as short communications are preferred. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office to announce on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts will be thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. Please visit the Instruction for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) in this open access journal is 1500 USD. Submitted manuscripts should be well formatted in good English.

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