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Unequal OpportunityHealth Disparities Affecting Gay and Bisexual Men in the United States$
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Richard J. Wolitski, Ron Stall, and Ronald O. Valdiserri

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301533.001.0001

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Health Disparities for Homosexual Youth: The Children Left Behind

Health Disparities for Homosexual Youth: The Children Left Behind

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Unequal Opportunity

Gary Remafedi

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a systematic review of the experiences of gay and bisexual adolescents and youth in the United States that affect physical and mental health. It begins by addressing methodological issues in research. The bulk of the chapter provides a thorough overview of the causes, epidemiology, and disparities associated with common problems experienced by young gay and bisexual men including school problems, running away, homelessness, prostitution, substance abuse, suicide risk, eating disorders, and other risk behaviors and threats affecting health. The chapter then reviews what is known about promising responses to resolving the health disparities experienced by gay and bisexual adolescent boys and young men. It concludes by providing a vision for future that has direct implications for research, programs, and policy.

Keywords:   adolescents, young adults, substance use, sexual behavior, mental health, homosexuality, homophobia, discrimination, public health, health care

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