Sexual Orientation and Mental Health (1 CEU Hour)

Sexual Orientation and Mental Health Risk

 (1 CEU Hour)

Course Description:  Research has indicated that the LGBT population, as a whole, tends to be at a higher risk for mental health disorders and substance misuse than the heterosexual population. Research has been limited in exploring the many subgroups of the LGBT population and the mental health risk factors for these populations. This advance brief course examines whether the relationship between LGBT subpopulations and the increased risk of mental health concerns.

Course Author: Bryan Glazier, PhD, LMFT, LMHC

Course Text:  

Semlyen, J., King, M., Varney, J., & Hagger-Johnson, G. (2016). Sexual orientation and symptoms of common mental disorder or low wellbeing: combined meta-analysis of 12 UK population health surveys. BMC Psychiatry, 16(1). doi:10.1186/s12888-016-0767-z

Objectives:

  1. Define sexual orientation
  2. Examine emotional well-being and mental health differences between heterosexual and homosexual individuals.
  3. Explore the various LGBT population subgroups most at risk for mental health conditions.
  4. Propose research methods outcomes and discuss need for understanding underlying reasons for mental health risks and routine assessment.

Course Outline

  1. Identification of sexual orientation
  • Prevalence of homosexual populations
  • Composition of sexual orientation
  1. Adults and Mental Health Risks
  • Explore the symptoms of mental health for adult populations.
  • Examine mental health symptoms experienced by the LGBT population.
  1. Identify the subgroups of LGBT populations
  • Categorizing and describing the subgroups of LGBT populations.
  • Addressing the limited research literature on LGBT subpopulations.
  1. Proposed Study and Outcomes.
  • Review the outcomes of text study
  • Discussion of application of outcomes in working with LGBT populations.

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This course was developed from the document:

Semlyen, J., King, M., Varney, J., & Hagger-Johnson, G. (2016). Sexual orientation and symptoms of common mental disorder or low wellbeing: combined meta-analysis of 12 UK population health surveys. BMC Psychiatry, 16(1). doi:10.1186/s12888-016-0767-z  used under the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://goo.gl/9lws9e).