Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalitiesInternational perspectives in social work$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Julie Fish and Kate Karban

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447309673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447309673.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Mental health inequalities among LGBT older people in the United States

Mental health inequalities among LGBT older people in the United States

curricula developments

Chapter:
(p.237) Fourteen Mental health inequalities among LGBT older people in the United States
Source:
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalities
Author(s):

Valerie Lester Leyva

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447309673.003.0014

Large scale studies have explored the interactions between sexual orientation/gender identity and mental health outcomes in English-speaking countries. These studies illuminate the ways in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults experience disparities in mental health outcomes when compared to their heterosexual peers. For example, lesbians and bisexual women are at greater lifetime risk for substance abuse and dependence than heterosexual men and women. Gay men experience higher rates of mood and anxiety disorders than their heterosexual male peers or lesbians. Bisexual women are more likely to report poorer outcomes related to mood, anxiety and suicide than their heterosexual or homosexual counterparts. Transgendered individuals cite sexual minority status, discrimination, negative body image and the complexity of intimate partner relationships as significant factors affecting mental health. The effects of aging on mental health outcomes have largely been ignored. While some authors specify the need to focus on the additional factors of age, cohort affect, culture and individual life experiences when studying LGBT populations, few studies have utilized these when exploring mental health disparities. This chapter describes how incorporating these factors will illuminate ways in which LGBT mental health disparities may shift over the lifespan and offer suggestions for future research.

Keywords:   social determinants of health, social exclusion and marginalisation, best practice, diversity training

Policy Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.