TABLE 1

Measure of Sexual Orientation and Corresponding Level of Depressive Symptoms at Wave 2 by Sex

Which of the Following Best Describes Your Sexual Orientation?Male Participants, n = 1050Female Participants, n = 1346
Frequency (%)Weighted Mean of Depressive Symptoms (SE)Frequency (%)Weighted Mean of Depressive Symptoms (SE)
Attracted to opposite sex933 (94.6)0.82 (0.05)1198 (89.0)1.22 (0.06)
Attracted to same sex26 (2.5)0.93 (0.27)19 (1.4)1.67 (0.47)
Attracted to both sexes20 (1.9)1.76 (0.21)99 (7.4)1.93 (0.25)
Questioning11 (1.1)2.03 (0.56)30 (2.2)1.23 (0.29)
  • This same measure was administered in waves 3 and 4 of the NEXT Generation Health Study. Considering the last 3 categories as sexual minority youth, 86.8% (n = 2080) of the sample endorsed sexual attraction to the opposite sex throughout waves 2–4, 9.1% (n = 217) endorsed both heterosexual and sexual minority statuses across waves 2–4, and 4.1% (n = 99) endorsed sexual minority status throughout waves 2–4.