Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Jonathon Rendina

Second Advisor

Jeffrey Parsons

Academic Program Adviser

Sandeep Prasada


Gay and bisexual men experience a higher prevalence of negative mental health outcomes than their heterosexual counterparts. This study examines sexual identity milestone achievement—the age of first coming out to friends—for mediation on the association between childhood experiences of peer rejection and levels of emotion dysregulation in adulthood.



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