Bi women more problems than lesbians
BISEXUAL women are more likely to suffer mental health problems than lesbians, a new study reckons.
The largest British survey of its kind found bisexual women are more likely to feel depressed.
According to the research published in the Journal of Public Health they were 64 per cent more likely to report an eating problem and 37 per cent more likely to have deliberately self-harmed than lesbians.
Using data from the 2007 Stonewall UK Women’s Health Survey, researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine analysed responses from 5,706 bisexual and lesbian women living in the UK aged 14 or over.
The study found bisexual women were less likely to be ‘out’ to friends, family and work colleagues and also less likely to be in a relationship.
They were less likely to experience sexuality-related discrimination from work, healthcare services, education and family than lesbians, but more likely to experience discrimination from friends, according to the research.
Study author Dr Ford Hickson said: “Bisexual people are at particular risk of invisibility and marginalisation from both gay and lesbian communities and mainstream society.”
The study authors suggest the cause may be due to more negative social attitudes to bisexuality compared with lesbian and gay identity. Consequently, bisexual women may have a more negative attitude towards themselves.