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Dimensions of sexual orientation and the prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders in the United States.
Am J Public Health. 2010 Mar; 100(3):468-75.AJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

We used data from a nationally representative sample to examine the associations among 3 dimensions of sexual orientation (identity, attraction, and behavior), lifetime and past-year mood and anxiety disorders, and sex.

METHODS

We analyzed data from wave 2 of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions.

RESULTS

Mental health outcomes differed by sex, dimension of sexual orientation, and sexual minority group. Whereas a lesbian, gay, or bisexual identity was associated with higher odds of any mood or anxiety disorder for both men and women, women reporting only same-sex sexual partners in their lifetime had the lowest rates of most disorders. Higher odds of any lifetime mood or anxiety disorder were more consistent and pronounced among sexual minority men than among sexual minority women. Finally, bisexual behavior conferred the highest odds of any mood or anxiety disorder for both males and females.

CONCLUSIONS

Findings point to mental health disparities among some, but not all, sexual minority groups and emphasize the importance of including multiple measures of sexual orientation in population-based health studies.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL, USA. wbostwick@niu.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19696380

Citation

Bostwick, Wendy B., et al. "Dimensions of Sexual Orientation and the Prevalence of Mood and Anxiety Disorders in the United States." American Journal of Public Health, vol. 100, no. 3, 2010, pp. 468-75.
Bostwick WB, Boyd CJ, Hughes TL, et al. Dimensions of sexual orientation and the prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders in the United States. Am J Public Health. 2010;100(3):468-75.
Bostwick, W. B., Boyd, C. J., Hughes, T. L., & McCabe, S. E. (2010). Dimensions of sexual orientation and the prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 100(3), 468-75. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2008.152942
Bostwick WB, et al. Dimensions of Sexual Orientation and the Prevalence of Mood and Anxiety Disorders in the United States. Am J Public Health. 2010;100(3):468-75. PubMed PMID: 19696380.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Dimensions of sexual orientation and the prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders in the United States. AU - Bostwick,Wendy B, AU - Boyd,Carol J, AU - Hughes,Tonda L, AU - McCabe,Sean Esteban, Y1 - 2009/08/20/ PY - 2009/8/22/entrez PY - 2009/8/22/pubmed PY - 2010/3/5/medline SP - 468 EP - 75 JF - American journal of public health JO - Am J Public Health VL - 100 IS - 3 N2 - OBJECTIVES: We used data from a nationally representative sample to examine the associations among 3 dimensions of sexual orientation (identity, attraction, and behavior), lifetime and past-year mood and anxiety disorders, and sex. METHODS: We analyzed data from wave 2 of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. RESULTS: Mental health outcomes differed by sex, dimension of sexual orientation, and sexual minority group. Whereas a lesbian, gay, or bisexual identity was associated with higher odds of any mood or anxiety disorder for both men and women, women reporting only same-sex sexual partners in their lifetime had the lowest rates of most disorders. Higher odds of any lifetime mood or anxiety disorder were more consistent and pronounced among sexual minority men than among sexual minority women. Finally, bisexual behavior conferred the highest odds of any mood or anxiety disorder for both males and females. CONCLUSIONS: Findings point to mental health disparities among some, but not all, sexual minority groups and emphasize the importance of including multiple measures of sexual orientation in population-based health studies. SN - 1541-0048 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19696380/Dimensions_of_sexual_orientation_and_the_prevalence_of_mood_and_anxiety_disorders_in_the_United_States_ L2 - https://www.ajph.org/doi/10.2105/AJPH.2008.152942?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -