Ryan J. Watson

Watson RJ, VanKim NA, Rose HA, Porta CM, Gahagan J & Eisenberg ME. (2018) Unhealthy weight control behaviors among youth: Sex of sexual partner is linked to important differences. Eating Disorders.

Abstract Unhealthy weight control behaviors (UWCBs) have been decreasing for most youth over time, yet little is known whether these behaviors have changed for sexual minority (e.g., non-heterosexual) youth. This is important because many studies have found that sexual minorities report some of the highest rates of UWCBs. To determine whether or not these behaviors […]

Watson RJ, Peter T, McKay T, Edkins T, and Saewyc E (2018). Evidence of changing patterns in mental health and depressive symptoms for sexual minority adolescents, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health

Abstract Depression, sadness, low self-esteem, and self-harm affect a substantial number of young people in North America. However, the prevalence of these symptoms has been found to be consistently higher for sexual minority (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual) populations. In this study, we traced the trends and disparities in mental health, including self-harm, forgone mental health […]

Watson RJ, Lewis NM, Fish JN, Goodenow C. Sexual minority youth continue to smoke cigarettes earlier and more often than heterosexuals: Findings from population-based data. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 184: 64–70. 2018

Abstract Background An established body of research documents that sexual minority (i.e., lesbian, gay, and bisexual) populations are at higher risk for several adverse health behaviors and outcomes compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Smoking is one behavior where the gap is especially large, particularly among youth. Researchers have increasingly drawn attention to contextual determinants of […]

Marion Doull, Ryan J. Watson, Annie Smith, Yuko Homma, Elizabeth Saewyc, Are we leveling the playing field? Trends and disparities in sports participation among sexual minority youth in Canada, Journal of Sport and Health Science (2016), 1-9.

Sports participation and physical fitness are widely beneficial for young people, yet activity levels among young people are declining. Despite growing popular media attention on the participation of sexual minority (e.g., lesbian, gay, and bisexual) youth in sports and various campaigns to improve the often homophobic climate of sports, there is limited evidence that sexual […]

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