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Lesbian Health: Current Assessment and Directions for the Future / Edition 1
     

Lesbian Health: Current Assessment and Directions for the Future / Edition 1

by Andrea L. Solarz
 

ISBN-10: 0309065674

ISBN-13: 9780309065672

Pub. Date: 05/25/1999

Publisher: National Academies Press

This book takes a frank look at the political pressures, community attitudes, and professional concerns uniquely affecting the study of lesbian health issues, including: How do we define who is lesbian? Are there unique health issues for lesbians? Are lesbians at higher or lower risk for such health problems as AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, breast cancer,

Overview

This book takes a frank look at the political pressures, community attitudes, and professional concerns uniquely affecting the study of lesbian health issues, including: How do we define who is lesbian? Are there unique health issues for lesbians? Are lesbians at higher or lower risk for such health problems as AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, breast cancer, mental disorders, and substance abuse? How does homophobia affect lesbian health and the funding of research on lesbian health? How do lesbian health needs fit into the health care system and the larger society? What risk and protective factors shape the physical and mental health of lesbians?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309065672
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
05/25/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

ACRONYMS....................xv
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY....................1
1 INTRODUCTION....................17
Study Process and Report Organization....................17
Why Study Lesbian Health?....................20
Defining "Lesbian"....................21
2 LESBIAN HEALTH STATUS AND HEALTH RISKS....................35
Framework 1: Lesbian Health in the Larger Context....................35
Framework 2: A Developmental Perspective on Lesbian Health....................46
Framework 3: A Look at Specific Health Concerns for Lesbians....................54
Suggested Areas for Research....................84
3 METHODOLOGICAL CHALLENGES IN CONDUCTING RESEARCH ON LESBIAN HEALTH....................97
Defining the Population....................100
Instrumentation....................101
Disclosure of Sexual Orientation....................114
Sampling....................117
Adding Sexual Orientation Questions to Existing Studies....................126
Areas for Further Methodological Research in Studying Lesbian Health....................129
4 CONTEXTUAL BARRIERS TO CONDUCTING RESEARCH ON LESBIAN HEALTH....................135
Barriers to Conducting Research....................135
The Need for Researcher-Community Ties....................145
Political and Legislative Barriers to Funding....................148
Ethical Considerations....................150
5 CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS....................155
Conclusions....................155
Recommendations....................158
APPENDIXES A Selected Bibliography on Lesbian Health Research....................165
B WorkshopAgenda....................207
C Workshop Participants....................215
D People and Organizations Submitting Testimony....................223
INDEX....................227

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