Victimization, Smoking, and Chronic Physical Health Problems Among Sexual Minority Women
Published Date:Oct 2011
Source:Ann Behav Med. 2011; 42(2):269-276.
Adult Survivors Of Child Abuse
Aged, 80 And Over
Body Mass Index
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4083397
Funding:K24 MH093243/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/United States
P30 AI027757/AI/NIAID NIH HHS/United States
R01 MH058986/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/United States
R34 MH084674/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/United States
R36 CD000996/CD/ODCDC CDC HHS/United States
Sexual minority women (SMW) have been shown to be at increased risk for abuse, smoking, and chronic physical health problems compared with heterosexual women. In the general population, abuse and smoking are associated with physical health problems. However, there has been little research on their associations among SMW.
The current study examined a mediational model of abuse, smoking, and self-reported physical health conditions in a national sample of SMW.
Participants (N=1,224) were recruited via the Internet and completed measures of childhood trauma, adult sexual assault, smoking, body mass index, and chronic medical conditions.
Structural equation modeling demonstrated that childhood abuse was associated with adult sexual assault, smoking, and physical health problems, but smoking was not a significant mediator.
The results highlight the impact of childhood abuse on physical health problems among SMW and the need to examine other health behaviors that may mediate this relation.
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