Journal article

Social and Non-social Reward Processing and Depressive Symptoms Among Sexual Minority Adolescents.

Kristen L Eckstrand, Luis E Flores, Marissa Cross, Jennifer S Silk, Nicholas B Allen, Kati L Healey, Michael P Marshal, Erika E Forbes

Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience | Published : 2019

Abstract

Sexual minority adolescents (SMA) are more likely to suffer from depression, putatively through experiences of social stress and victimization interfering with processing of social reward. Alterations in neural reward networks, which develop during adolescence, confer risk for the development of depression. Employing both social and monetary reward fMRI tasks, this is the first neuroimaging study to examine function in reward circuitry as a potential mechanism of mental health disparities between SMA and heterosexual adolescents. Eight SMA and 38 heterosexual typically developing adolescents completed self-report measures of depression and victimization, and underwent fMRI during monetary an..

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