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Mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual siblings: effects of gender, sexual orientation, and family.
J Abnorm Psychol. 2005 Aug; 114(3):471-6.JA

Abstract

Self-identified lesbian, gay male, and bisexual (LGB) individuals were recruited via convenience sampling, and they in turn recruited their siblings (79% heterosexual, 19% LGB). The resulting sample of 533 heterosexual, 558 lesbian or gay male, and 163 bisexual participants was compared on mental health variables and their use of mental health services. Multilevel modeling analyses revealed that sexual orientation predicted suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, self-injurious behavior, use of psychotherapy, and use of psychiatric medications over and above the effects of family adjustment. Sexual orientation was unrelated to current psychological distress, psychiatric hospitalizations, and self-esteem. This is the 1st study to model family effects on the mental health of LGB participants and their siblings.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. kbalsam@u.washington.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16117584

Citation

Balsam, Kimberly F., et al. "Mental Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Siblings: Effects of Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Family." Journal of Abnormal Psychology, vol. 114, no. 3, 2005, pp. 471-6.
Balsam KF, Beauchaine TP, Mickey RM, et al. Mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual siblings: effects of gender, sexual orientation, and family. J Abnorm Psychol. 2005;114(3):471-6.
Balsam, K. F., Beauchaine, T. P., Mickey, R. M., & Rothblum, E. D. (2005). Mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual siblings: effects of gender, sexual orientation, and family. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 114(3), 471-6.
Balsam KF, et al. Mental Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Siblings: Effects of Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Family. J Abnorm Psychol. 2005;114(3):471-6. PubMed PMID: 16117584.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual siblings: effects of gender, sexual orientation, and family. AU - Balsam,Kimberly F, AU - Beauchaine,Theodore P, AU - Mickey,Ruth M, AU - Rothblum,Esther D, PY - 2005/8/25/pubmed PY - 2005/12/24/medline PY - 2005/8/25/entrez SP - 471 EP - 6 JF - Journal of abnormal psychology JO - J Abnorm Psychol VL - 114 IS - 3 N2 - Self-identified lesbian, gay male, and bisexual (LGB) individuals were recruited via convenience sampling, and they in turn recruited their siblings (79% heterosexual, 19% LGB). The resulting sample of 533 heterosexual, 558 lesbian or gay male, and 163 bisexual participants was compared on mental health variables and their use of mental health services. Multilevel modeling analyses revealed that sexual orientation predicted suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, self-injurious behavior, use of psychotherapy, and use of psychiatric medications over and above the effects of family adjustment. Sexual orientation was unrelated to current psychological distress, psychiatric hospitalizations, and self-esteem. This is the 1st study to model family effects on the mental health of LGB participants and their siblings. SN - 0021-843X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16117584/Mental_health_of_lesbian_gay_bisexual_and_heterosexual_siblings:_effects_of_gender_sexual_orientation_and_family_ L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/abn/114/3/471 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -