Sexual orientation and depression in Canada
Authors: Roger L. Scott, Gerri C. Lasiuk, and Colleen M. Norris
OBJECTIVES: Depression is a global concern and it is well known that certain segments of the population are at greater risk. Sexual minorities are recognized as being more likely to suffer from depression due to social stigma and prejudice. The aim of this study was to describe the relationship between sexual orientation and depression in the Canadian population. METHODS: The study used the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health data. The sample comprised 24,788 Canadians living in the ten provinces. Logistic regression analyses were used to examine the relationship of depression and sexual orientation. RESULTS: After adjusting for known risk factors for depression, there was no difference in prevalence of past 12-month or lifetime major depressive episode between sexual minorities and heterosexuals. Bisexuals did have a near significant trend towards higher prevalence of both past 12-month and lifetime depression as a combined group, but there were not clear differences when stratified by sex. CONCLUSION: This study supports important emerging trends in the relationship between sexual orientation and depression. Research on the mental health of sexual minority people must take into account differences between sexual minority groups and avoid aggregating mental health disorders into broad categories. These findings have implications for public health planning and clinical recommendations.
Please note that abstracts only appear in the language of the publication and might not have a translation.
Nihaya Daoud, Kristen O'Brien, Patricia O'Campo, Sarah Harney, Evelyn Harney, Kerri Bebee, Cherylee Bourgeois, and Janet Smylie (2019).
Postpartum depression prevalence and risk factors among Indigenous, non-Indigenous and immigrant women in Canada
Canadian Journal of Public Health , 440-452
K. Pottie, E. Ng, D. Spitzer, A. Mohammed, and R. Glazier (2008).
Language proficiency, gender and self-reported health: an analysis of the first two waves of the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada
Canadian Journal of Public Health , 505-510
Gabriel D. Shapiro, Amanda J. Sheppard, Tracey Bushnik, Michael S. Kramer, Angela Mashford-Pringle, Jay S. Kaufman, and Seungmi Yang (2018).
Adverse birth outcomes and infant mortality according to registered First Nations status and First Nations community residence across Canada
Canadian Journal of Public Health , 692-699
Jonathan Simkin, Gina Ogilvie, Brendan Hanley, and Catherine Elliott (2019).
Differences in colorectal cancer screening rates across income strata by levels of urbanization: results from the Canadian Community Health Survey (2013/2014)
Canadian Journal of Public Health , 62-71
Naomi M. Kasman and Elizabeth M. Badley (2004).
Beyond access: Who reports that health care is not being received when needed in a publicly-funded health care system?
Canadian Journal of Public Health , 304-308
Christy Costanian, Peri Abdullah, Nita Sawh, Ara Nagapatan, and Hala Tamim (2017).
Factors associated with shorter night-time sleep in toddlers: The Survey of Young Canadians
Canadian Journal of Public Health , 571-577
Hmwe Hmwe Kyu, Katholiki Georgiades, Harriet L. MacMillan, and Michael H. Boyle (2015).
Community- and individual-level factors associated with smoking and heavy drinking among Aboriginal people in Canada
Canadian Journal of Public Health , e22-e28