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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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Sexual Orientation and Mental Health

Sexual Orientation and Mental Health

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(p.204) 15 Sexual Orientation and Mental Health
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Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation
Author(s):

Susan D. Cochran

Vickie M. Mays

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.003.0015

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

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