Examining Heath Disparities — Including High Rates of Depression — Among Sexual Minorities
By Charlie Plain: July 26, 2017
New research from the School of Public Health shows that lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults in the United States experience disproportionately worse mental and physical health compared with their heterosexual counterparts.
“In particular, we found higher rates of depression and mental distress for LGB adults across the board, and higher rates of various poor health outcomes, chronic conditions, and poor health behaviors for different sexual minority groups,” says study co-author and researcher Carrie Henning-Smith.
The study, which uses data from a large national survey of 300,000 adults and was co-authored by SPH alumnus Dr. Gilbert Gonzales of Vanderbilt University, was published in the Journal of Community Health.
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