Journal article

The mental health status of young adult and mid-life non-heterosexual Australian women

R McNair, A Kavanagh, P Agius, B Tong

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOC AUSTRALIA INC | Published : 2005

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To compare the mental health status of early adult and mid-life Australian women according to sexual orientation. METHODS AND SAMPLE: Cross-sectional analyses of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH) surveys for the younger (22-27 years) and mid-age (50-55 years) cohorts. Women were classified into one of four groups: exclusively heterosexual, mainly heterosexual, bisexual and lesbian. Regression analyses were used to examine the effects of sexual orientation on mental health after adjusting for age, region of residence and education and to assess the potential mediating roles of stress, abuse and social support. RESULTS: Younger, mainly heterosexual, bisexu..

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