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Rates and predictors of mental illness in gay men, lesbians and bisexual men and women: Results from a survey based in England and Wales

  • James Warner (a1), Éamonn Mckeown (a2), Mark Griffin (a3), Katherine Johnson (a4), Angus Ramsay (a5), Clive Cort (a5) and Michael King (a5)...
Abstract
Background

There is a dearth of research into the mental health of gay men, lesbians and bisexual men and women in the UK.

Aims

To assess rates and possible predictors of mental illness in these groups.

Method

A comprehensive assessment was made of the psychological and social well-being of a sample of gay men, lesbians and bisexual men and women, identified using ‘snowball’ sampling.

Results

Of the 1285 gay, lesbian and bisexual respondents who took part, 556 (43%) had mental disorder as defined by the revised Clinical Interview Schedule (CIS – R). Out of the whole sample, 361 (31%) had attempted suicide. This was associated with markers of discrimination such as recent physical attack (OR=l.7, 95% CI 1.3–2.3) and school bullying (OR=l.4, 95% CI 1.1–2.0), but not with higher scores on the CIS-R.

Conclusions

Gay, lesbian and bisexual men and women have high levels of mental disorder, possibly linked with discrimination.

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Corresponding author
Dr James Warner, Department of Psychiatry, Imperial College London, Paterson Centre, 20 South Wharf Road, London W2 1PD, UK. Tel: 020 7886 1655; fax: 020 7886 1995; e-mail: j.warner@imperial.ac.uk
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Rates and predictors of mental illness in gay men, lesbians and bisexual men and women: Results from a survey based in England and Wales

  • James Warner (a1), Éamonn Mckeown (a2), Mark Griffin (a3), Katherine Johnson (a4), Angus Ramsay (a5), Clive Cort (a5) and Michael King (a5)...
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