Speaker: Dr. Cui Lixian
Psychologists, broadly behavioral and social scientists, are typically focusing on wellbeing of sexual minority youth and young adults, and investigating factors influencing their wellbeing. For example, bullying and prejudice are factors which dampens individuals’ psychological and behavioral health. Minority stress model has been used to discuss the mechanisms why minority status is linked to compromised health (Meyer, 2003). On the other hand, positive family, parent, and peer relationships, and positive school climate tend to buffer or protect youth from health problems. However, such studies generally have never been done among Chinese sexual minority youth. Limited research among Chinese young adults suggest that attitudes toward sexual minorities are still very negative and they are experiencing various forms of discrimination in their daily life. Moreover, stigma still prevents sexual minorities from seeking professional help from counselors in China.
Dr. Cui Lixian is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at NYU Shanghai. His research focuses on child and adolescent social and emotional development in various contexts, with a focus on emotion temporal dynamics (e.g., anger, sadness, empathy, guilt) and stress psychophysiology (e.g., respiratory sinus arrhythmia, skin conductance, heart rate, cortisol) during social interactions. A second line of Dr. Cui’s research concerns mental health and family dynamics among LGBT population in China context, including topics such as coming out, gay family types, and LGBT parenting. His work has appeared in prestigious scientific journals such as Child Development, Emotion, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Family Psychology, the Journal of Early Adolescence, and Parenting: Science and Practice.
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