Bi women more prob­lems than les­bians

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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.

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