Minority Stress Theory

A theory that demonstrates how the internal and external stressors faced as a result of having a sexual or gender minority identity contribute to chronic mental and physical health concerns. This model explains how those of a minority status that is devalued and rejected by the larger social group experience additional stresses such as “daily hassles”, silencing self, internalizing oppression, prejudice acts from others, being misjudged and discriminated against, and not being included.