Sexual Orientation and Mental Health: Examining Identity and Development in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual People
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In Sexual Orientation and Mental Health, expert contributors explore the impressive body of rigorous empirical research on mental health in lesbian, gay, and bisexual people that has emerged over the past decade. This volume presents some of the most important work in this field from both established and emerging investigators. The contributors examine the prevalence and potential determinants of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse in adolescents and adults, giving consideration to the roles of prejudice and harassment as well as of positive family and social supports.
The chapters address a wide range of topics, including sexual behavior and identity, the influence of religion on mental health, work satisfaction, the well-being of children of same-sex couples, and the links between psychosocial processes and physical health. Several chapters also focus on the experiences of members of ethnic minority groups. Contributors discuss methodological challenges in conducting research with lesbian, gay, and bisexual people and suggest topics for future research.
In addition to contributing to scientific knowledge in numerous areas, findings reported in this volume can inform the development of prevention and treatment interventions, service delivery systems, and health policies that are sensitive to the needs of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.
Introduction: Current and Future Research on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual People
—Howard S. Kurtzman and Allen M. Omoto
- Substance Use and Abuse and Mental Health Among Sexual-Minority Youths: Evidence From Add Health
—Stephen T. Russell
- Developmental and Contextual Factors and Mental Health Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youths
—Anthony R. D’Augelli
- Social Anxiety and Barriers to Resilience Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adolescents
—Steven A. Safren and David W. Pantalone
- What We Got Wrong About Sexual Identity Development: Unexpected Findings From a Longitudinal Study of Young Women
—Lisa M. Diamond
- Pregnancy Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adolescents: Influences of Stigma, Sexual Abuse, and Sexual Orientation
—Elizabeth M. Saewyc
- Religion and Health Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youths: An Empirical Investigation and Theoretical Explanation
—Margaret Rosario, Ann Marie Yali, Joyce Hunter, and Marya Viorst Gwadz
- Estimating Prevalence of Mental and Substance-Using Disorders Among Lesbians and Gay Men From Existing National Health Data
—Susan D. Cochran and Vickie M. Mays
- Investigating Lesbians’ Mental Health and Alcohol Use: What Is an Appropriate Comparison Group?
—Tonda L. Hughes, Sharon C. Wilsnack, and Timothy P. Johnson
- Sexual Behavior and Sexual Dysfunction in a Community Sample of Lesbian and Heterosexual Women
—Alicia K. Matthews, Tonda L. Hughes, and Jessica Tartaro
- Homophobia, Poverty, and Racism: Triple Oppression and Mental Health Outcomes in Latino Gay Men
—Rafael M. Díaz, Edward Bein, and George Ayala
- Lesbians and Gay Men at Work: Consequences of Being Out
—Theo G. M. Sandfort, Henny Bos, and Raymond Vet
- Social Threat, Personal Identity, and Physical Health in Closeted Gay Men
—Steve W. Cole
- Exploring Sexual Behaviors and Sexual Orientation: An Ethnographic Study of African American Female Crack Cocaine Users
—Claire E. Sterk and Kirk W. Elifson
- Lesbian Mothers and Their Children: Findings From the Contemporary Families Study
—Megan Fulcher, Erin L. Sutfin, Raymond W. Chan, Joanna E. Scheib, and Charlotte J. Patterson
About the Editors
With this volume, Omoto and Kurtzman make a significant contribution to the research literature on sexual orientation and mental health. Highly recommended.