Disparities in Health Related Quality of Life: A Comparison of Lesbians and Bisexual Women

Disparities in Health Related Quality of Life: A Comparison of Lesbians and Bisexual Women

An investigation of the association of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) with sexual orientation among lesbians and bisexual women and compared the predictors of HRQOL between the 2 groups.

Author: Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen PhD, Hyun-Jun Kim PhD, Susan E. Barkan PhD, Kimberley F. Balsam PhD, Shawn L. Mincer MSW Source: Research and Practice Journal: American Journal of Public Health Journal Details: Vol: 100 Issue: 11, pages 2255 - 2261 Origin Country: United States Publish Date: 2010 Publication City: Seattle Languages: .Resource Type: , .Resource Topics: , .Target Audiences: , , , , , . Last Modified: 2017-11-09

An investigation of the association of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) with sexual orientation among lesbians and bisexual women and compared the predictors of HRQOL between the 2 groups.

Results:  For lesbians and bisexual women, frequent mental distress and poor general health were associated with poverty and lack of exercise; poor general health was associated with obesity and mental distress. Bisexual women showed a higher likelihood of frequent mental distress and poor general health
than did lesbians. The odds of mental distress were higher for bisexual women living in urban areas as compared with nonurban areas. Lesbians had an elevated risk of poor general health and mental distress during midlife

Conclusions: Despite the standard practice of collapsing sexual minority women into a single group, lesbian and bisexual women in this study emerge as distinct groups that merit specific attention. Bisexual women are at elevated risk for poor HRQOL.