University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Amanda Pollitt

Academic Program: 
Family Studies and Human Development
Bachelor of Science, Psychology
Morgantown, West Virginia

 Though I am broadly interested in bisexual issues, both politically and academically, my research focus is on bisexual adolescents’ mental and physical health. I am interested in how bisexual adolescents navigate stigma and biphobia from both straight and LGBT communities and how this influences their relationships, identity development and their health and wellbeing.  For my master’s thesis, I will be using the framework of Life Course Theory to understand how heteronormativity influences bisexual adolescent’s beliefs about marriage and having children and how this in turn predicts mental health outcomes. The goals of my research are to conduct strong, high quality research to improve the lives of bisexual people; to have bisexual voices heard through research; and to challenge academic and societal beliefs about bisexuality and bisexual people.

Recent Accomplishments: 

Russell, S., Pollitt, A. (2013). A positive view of LGBTQ. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 5, 239-242.

Russell, S., Munley, J. Pollitt, A.(in press). The school environment for LGBTQ youth. International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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