Sexual Orientation and Mental Health

Susan D. Cochran and Vickie M. Mays

in Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199765218
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979585 | DOI:
Sexual Orientation and Mental Health

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This chapter focuses on four key topics related to sexual orientation and mental health. First, it highlights several methodological issues that are relevant to understanding research on the associations between sexual orientation and mental health morbidity and its treatment. Second, it reviews findings from primarily population-based or systematically sampled surveys for evidence of sexual orientation-related disparities in mental health morbidity. The emphasis is on those studies that either included heterosexual comparison groups or used sophisticated research designs to minimize uncontrolled selection bias. Third, it presents preliminary findings from several population-based studies investigating sexual orientation-related differences in patterns of mental health services use. Finally, the chapter closes with some discussion of important future directions for research on sexual orientation and mental health, particularly in the context of large-scale population-based surveys.

Keywords: sexual orientation; mental health morbidity; health disparities; population-based studies; mental health services

Chapter.  13275 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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