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Discrimination increases risk of substance abuse January 17, 2010

Posted by Geekgirl in Health, social.
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Discriminated against? Increases risk of substance abuse.

That should not surprise anyone.

Am J Public Health. 2010 Jan 14. [Epub ahead of print]

The Relationship Between Discrimination and Substance Use Disorders Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults in the United States.

McCabe SE, Bostwick WB, Hughes TL, West BT, Boyd CJ.

University of Michigan.

Objectives. We examined the associations between 3 types of discrimination (sexual orientation, race, and gender) and substance use disorders in a large national sample in the United States that included 577 lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults.

Methods. Data were collected from wave 2 of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, which used structured diagnostic face-to-face interviews.

Results. More than two thirds of LGB adults reported at least 1 type of discrimination in their lifetimes. Multivariate analyses indicated that the odds of past-year substance use disorders were nearly 4 times greater among LGB adults who reported all 3 types of discrimination prior to the past year than for LGB adults who did not report discrimination (adjusted odds ratio=3.85; 95% confidence interval=1.71, 8.66).


Health professionals should consider the role multiple types of discrimination plays in the development and treatment of substance use disorders among LGB adults.

PMID: 20075317 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]



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