Randomized evaluation of an online single-session intervention for minority stress in LGBTQ+ adolescents

J. Shen, A. Rubin, K. Cohen, E. A. Hart, J. Sung, R. McDanal, C. Roulston, I. Sotomayor, K. R. Fox, J. L. Schleider*

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Background: LGBTQ+ youth face myriad adverse health outcomes due to minority stress, creating a need for accessible, mechanism-targeted interventions to mitigate these minority stress-related risk factors. We tested the effectiveness and acceptability of Project RISE, an online single-session intervention designed to ameliorate internalized stigma and improve other outcomes among LGBTQ+ youth. We hypothesized that youth assigned to RISE (versus a control) would report significantly reduced internalized stigma and increased identity pride at post-intervention and at two-week follow-up and would find RISE acceptable. Methods: We recruited adolescents nationally through Instagram advertisements in May 2022 (N = 538; M age = 15.06, SD age = 0.97). Participants were randomly assigned to RISE or an information-only control and completed questionnaires pre-intervention, immediately post-intervention, and two weeks post-intervention. Inclusion criteria included endorsing: (1) LGBTQ+ identity, (2) age 13–16, (3) English fluency (4) Internet access, and (5) subjective negative impact of LGBTQ+ stigma. Results: Relative to participants in the control condition, participants who completed RISE reported significant decreases in internalized stigma (d = −0.49) and increases in identity pride (d = 0.25) from pre- to immediately post-intervention, along with decreased internalized stigma (d = −0.26) from baseline to two-week follow-up. Participants rated both RISE and the information-only control as highly, equivalently acceptable. Conclusions: RISE appears to be an acceptable and useful online SSI for LGBTQ+ adolescents, with potential to reduce internalized stigma in both the short- and longer-term. Future directions include evaluating effects of Project RISE over longer follow-ups and in conjunction with other mental health supports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100633
JournalInternet Interventions
StatePublished - Sep 2023


  • Adolescents
  • Gender minorities
  • LGBTQ+
  • Minority stress
  • Sexual minorities
  • Single-session intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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