Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Physical Health

Jane M. Simoni, Laramie Smith, Keren Lehavot, Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen and Karina L. Walters

in Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199765218
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979585 | DOI:
Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Physical Health

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This chapter considers the challenges of conducting research to examine health disparities based on sexual orientation, particularly for sexual minority women, and describes some of the major studies in this area. It briefly reviews the evidence for disparities in cardiovascular disease and cancer as well as sexually transmitted infections, asthma, and diabetes. Disparities in risk factors (e.g., obesity, smoking) for adverse health outcomes are also presented. It considers the factors and mechanisms that might place sexual minority women at greater risk for compromised health.

Keywords: health disparities; sexual orientation; sexual minority women; homosexuals; cardiovascular disease; cancer; sexually transmitted infections; asthma; diabetes; risk factors

Chapter.  8358 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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