One important predictor of mental health is the extent of social support among sexual minorities. Social support obtained through relationships and group connectedness can ease the negative impact of prejudice and discrimination 47 and provide opportunities for building better coping capacities to prevent mental distress. Both Hispanic lesbians and bisexual women had increased risks of smoking, lifetime asthma, and disability compared with Hispanic heterosexual women. Future population-based studies need to examine lifetime asthma prevalence among Hispanic lesbians and identify factors that increase their risk. Hispanic lesbians and bisexual women, compared with Hispanic heterosexual women, were at elevated risk for disparities in smoking, asthma, and disability.
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Hispanic Lesbians and Bisexual Women at Heightened Risk or Health Disparities
Health behaviors, health status, and access to and use of health care: Overweight and obesity in sexual-minority women: The prevalence rate of frequent poor physical health for Hispanic bisexual women was similar to those for non-Hispanic White bisexual women and Hispanic heterosexual women. Explaining racial and ethnic disparities in health care. In this study, we compared the unadjusted and adjusted prevalence of health disparities including health status, health risk behaviors, health care access, and health outcomes by Hispanic lesbians the reference groupnon-Hispanic White lesbians, and Hispanic heterosexual women as well as by Hispanic bisexual women the reference groupnon-Hispanic White bisexual women, and Hispanic heterosexual women. Am J Public Health.