The GLMA Handbook on LGBT Health
The statistics are sobering. LGBT youth experience three to four times the risk of suicide compared to heterosexual youth, while gay men are twice as likely to smoke as their heterosexual counterparts. Although most LGBT people are healthy and happy, LGBT individuals have an increased risk of stress-related mental health problems and substance abuse and are also at increased risk for some cancers, due in part to inadequate risk assessment and health screenings.
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This comprehensive review is the first handbook on LGBT physical and mental health created by the world's oldest and largest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health care professionals.
Recent years have seen a flood of high quality research related to the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and families. The GLMA Handbook on LGBT Health is the first comprehensive resource to gather that knowledge in one place in the service of vital information needs. Both accurate and easy to understand, the two-volume handbook addresses physical, mental, and emotional health, as well as policy decisions affecting the LGBT community from youth through old age.
Volume One is devoted to overall health of the population and preventive care, while Volume Two examines disease management. Entries discuss concerns as diverse as HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, domestic violence, depression, heart health, policy and advocacy, and research. The clear but detailed articles in this groundbreaking work will help readers cut through the noise and controversy surrounding scientific advances to make informed choices about their health and well-being.
- Includes issues of physical, emotional, and sexual health, as well as prevention of disorders
- An appendix of organizations that may serve as sources for more information or assistance
- Brings the full scope of LGBT health together in one reference devoted to meeting the information needs of the general public
- Breaks ground as the first such book written by health care professionals who are themselves gay and lesbian and are members of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
- Includes a chapter on finding (or establishing) a LGBT-friendly practice
- Provides information on health concerns and prevention and treatment options while also examining related issues such as public policy, politics, and funding