Reported Excellent Health Among Men in Same-Sex and Mixed-Sex Couples: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 1993-2010

Bill M. Jesdale, Jason W. Mitchell

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Abstract

Self-reported excellent health was examined across sexual orientation among male adult couples using 18 years of data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Men in same-sex couples were more likely to report being in excellent health (28.7%) than men in unmarried and married mixed-sex couples (20.4% and 23.2%). After adjusting for other demographic and health factors, men in same-sex couples remained more likely to report excellent health than men in unmarried mixed-sex couples, but not than men in married mixed-sex couples. Reporting only adverse health disparities provides a partial picture of sexual minority health, and discounts the role of resilience and other health promoting factors in these populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)788-807
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume59
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012

Keywords

  • couples
  • marital status
  • self-reported health
  • sexual orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

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