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Scand J Public Health. 2015 May;43(3):309-14. doi: 10.1177/1403494814563371. Epub 2015 Feb 4.

Self-reported sexual and psychosocial health among non-heterosexual Danes.

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1
Center for Sexology Research, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, Denmark chgr@rn.dk.
2
Sexological Clinic, Psychiatric Center Copenhagen, Denmark.
3
Center for Sexology Research, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, Denmark Department of Epidemiology Research, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark.
4
Department of Adult Psychiatry, Psychiatric Center Copenhagen, Denmark.
5
National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Little is known about the sexual and psychosocial health of non-heterosexual Danes. Based on a large population study, the aim of this article was to compare quality-of-life-related key variables of heterosexual and non-heterosexual men and women, aged 16-66.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Cross-sectional data from the nationwide, representative Health and Morbidity Survey (n = 8496) were used to compare variables concerning both general and sexual well-being of self-identified heterosexual and non-heterosexual respondents.

RESULTS:

Nearly twice as many non-heterosexual than heterosexual men rated their sexual life as bad or very bad (22.5% versus 12.8%), while no statistical difference was seen among women (13.6% versus 10.6%). For both genders, significantly more non-heterosexuals than heterosexuals stated that their sexual needs were not met (17.9% versus 7.7% for men and 14.8% versus 6.9% for women), and significantly more non-heterosexuals reported acts of sexual violence (8.3% versus 2.1% for men and 35.8% versus 13.0% for women). Finally, non-heterosexual respondents had contemplated suicide more than twice as often as heterosexuals (15.9% versus 7.4% for men and 19.7% versus 8.3% for women). Actual suicide attempts were roughly three times more frequent in the non-heterosexual groups (8.3% versus 2.6 % for men and 11.8% versus 4.2% for women).

CONCLUSIONS:

Overall, non-heterosexual Danes reported higher degrees of sexual and/or psychosocial distress than heterosexuals further research is needed; but scientists, clinicians and public health workers should be aware that non-heterosexuals may pose specific health-related challenges and requirements.

KEYWORDS:

Denmark; distress; homosexuality; mental health; psychosocial health; quality of life; sexual health; sexuality; suicide

PMID:
25652410
DOI:
10.1177/1403494814563371
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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