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Black gay men, lesbians, have fewer mental disorders than whites, says Mailman School of PH study
Date:10/2/2007

sbians, gay men, and bisexual youth in Latino and other communities of color. In the absence of higher prevalence of mood disorders in this population, these findings pose challenge to mental health professionals said Dr. Meyer. If this is indeed the case, public health professionals should address what prevention efforts are required to reduce suicide risk among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths in these communities Dr. Meyer said.

The study also found that, across all race/ethnic groups, younger cohorts of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals (those in age groups 18 29 and 30 44 as compared with 45 59 years old) had lower prevalence of almost all mental disorders categories, and the difference was statistically significant for mood disorders. Younger cohorts also had fewer serious suicide attempts than did older cohorts (but this was statistically significant only for the middle cohort).

The finding regarding younger cohorts of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals is consistent with social stress theories that predicted that the liberalization of social attitudes toward homosexuality over the past few decades can lead to a decline in stress and related mental disorders and suicide among lesbians, gay men, and bisexual individuals said Dr. Meyer.

In other findings, the study reported that bisexual identity was related to higher prevalence of substance use disorders but not of anxiety or mood disorders and it confirmed previous observations that among gay populations, men and women do not differ substantially in disorder prevalence.


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Contact: Stephanie Berger
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Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
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