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Physical and Mental Health Inequalities Among Aging Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Canadians: Cross-sectional Results from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) (Canadian Journal of Public Health)

Publication Topics

California Health Interview Survey; 2003 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2003); 2005 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2005); 2007 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2007); Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender; Women; Cancer; Tobacco/Smoking; Alcohol Use; Health Behaviors

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CHIS Journal Article

Publication Date

2018-07-12T07:00:00Z

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Abstract

​International estimates suggest the presence of health inequalities among older sexual minorities. In this study, which references a 2011 Center study  “The Health of Aging Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults in California” (Steven P. Wallace, et al), authors investigate the presence of health inequalities among aging lesbian and bisexual females, as well as aging gay and bisexual males in Canada, using baseline data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) Tracking and Comprehensive cohorts to cross-sectionally compare self-reported physical and mental health indicators by sex and sexual orientation.

Within the analysis sample of 51,208 Canadians 45 years old and older, 2 percent of respondents identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Compared to heterosexual female peers, lesbian and bisexual females had greater odds of heavy drinking and being a former smoker. Gay and bisexual males had greater odds of reporting a diagnosis of cancer and currently smoking , compared to heterosexual males. Female and male sexual minorities had greater odds of reporting mood disorders (including depression) and anxiety disorders relative to heterosexual peers of the same sex. The findings highlight the importance of considering both sex and sexual orientation when developing approaches to support the physical and mental health of a diverse aging population in Canada.

 

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Journal Article: Physical and Mental Health Inequalities Among Aging Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Canadians: Cross-sectional Results from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)

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Policy Brief: The Health of Aging Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults in California

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