A comparative analysis of a community and general sample of lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals

L. Kuyper, H Fernee, S. Keuzenkamp

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Samples recruited at lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) venues have certain benefits, but a major drawback is that these samples are prone to bias as they only contain LGB participants who visit such venues. Empirical data with regard to the potential differences between LGB community samples and LGB general samples may shed some light on the generalizability of research findings from convenience samples recruited through LGB venues. The current study attempted to contribute to existing knowledge by examining differences in social demographics, sexual orientation, minority stress, and mental health between a convenience sample recruited at LGB venues (“community sample,” N = 3,403) and an LGB sample recruited from a general research panel in the Netherlands (“panel sample,” N = 1,000). Various differences were found. In general, community participants were younger, reported a more exclusive same-sex sexual orientation, were more open about their sexual orientation, had lower levels of internalized homonegativity, and encountered more negative social reactions on their LGB status. They also reported higher levels of psychological distress and suicidality. The Nagelkerke R
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-693
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Issue number3
Early online date7 Jan 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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