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Journal Articles Epidemiology and Public Health = Revue d'Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique Year : 2009

Sexual orientation and mental health: a review [Orientation sexuelle et santé mentale : une revue de la littérature ]

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BACKGROUND: The aim of this paper is to review available knowledge on sexual orientation and mental health, especially for women. METHODS: Papers published in English or French, between 1997 and 2007, were selected in PubMed using the following keywords "homosexuality/sexual orientation and mental health/depression/suicide". To be retained, papers had to contain findings from quantitative surveys comparing homosexual and heterosexual adults. In all, this review analyses 22 papers including two that are based on the same survey. RESULTS: This review found a general pattern of poorer mental health for homosexuals and even more so for bisexuals compared to heterosexuals. Results are especially consistent regarding elevated risk of suicide attempts.
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inserm-00459560 , version 1 (19-03-2010)

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Brigitte Lhomond, Marie-Josèphe Saurel-Cubizolles. Sexual orientation and mental health: a review [Orientation sexuelle et santé mentale : une revue de la littérature ]. Epidemiology and Public Health = Revue d'Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique, 2009, Vol. 57 (N° 6), pp.437-50. ⟨10.1016/j.respe.2009.07.068⟩. ⟨inserm-00459560⟩
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