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Title: Upplifun unglinga á almennri líkamlegri og andlegri heilsu með hliðsjón af kynhneigð
English Title: Adolescents' physical and mental health in relation to sexual orientation
Contributor(s): Sveinbjornsdottir, Sigrun (author); Thorsteinsson, Einar B  (author)orcid ; Bjarnason, Thoroddur (author)
Publication Date: 2012
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/12545
Abstract: Objectives: To examine the effects of adolescents' sexual orientation on physical and mental health. Method: Participants were 3,776 class 10 students (51% boys) from 161 schools in Iceland. The participants were classified as gay, non-gay, and sexual orientation unknown at this time (other). Measures included mental health (e.g., sadness, irritability, nervousness, and difficulty sleeping) and physical health (e.g., headaches, stomach ache, back ache, and dizziness). Results: Participants that were gay had a higher frequency of sadness, irritability, nervousness, and difficulty sleeping than either non-gay or other participants. Gay participants also had a higher frequency of headaches, stomach aches, back aches, and dizziness than either non-gay or other participants. Conclusion: Consistent with overseas findings gay adolescents in Iceland had worse physical and mental health outcome than either non-gay or other adolescents.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Sálfræðiritið, 17(Supplement 1), p. 20-22
Publisher: Sálfræðingafélag Íslands [The Psychological Association of Iceland]
Place of Publication: Reykjavík, Iceland
ISSN: 1022-8551
1607-8326
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
170105 Gender Psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Other Links: http://sal.is/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/R%C3%A1%C3%B0stefnurit-2012-nr.2.pdf
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