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Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation$
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Charlotte J. Patterson and Anthony R. D'Augelli

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765218

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.001.0001

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Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Physical Health

Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Physical Health

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(p.179) 13 Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Physical Health
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Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation
Author(s):

Jane M. Simoni

Laramie Smith

Keren Lehavot

Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen

Karina L. Walters

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.003.0013

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

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