Sometimes research on LGBTQ people focuses heavily on “problems”, and not on strengths. In an interesting study, reported by the American Psychological Association, mental health concerns may not be as clear cut as previously thought amongst the LGBTQ population
The results of several breakthrough studies are offering new insights on gay men, lesbians and bisexuals. Among the key findings:
* Several studies suggest that gay men, lesbians and bisexuals appear to have higher rates of some mental disorders compared with heterosexuals, although not to the level of a serious pathology. Discrimination may help fuel these higher rates.
* A study found lesbians reported equally strong levels of mental health as their heterosexual sisters and higher self-esteem.
* A new study of gay and lesbian youth finds that they are only slightly more likely than heterosexual youth to attempt suicide, refuting previous research that suggested much higher rates.
Researchers say these studies demonstrate the need for better, more tailored psychological treatment for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people.