Identifying sexual orientation health disparities in adolescents: Analysis of pooled data from the youth risk behavior survey, 2005 and 2007

Brian Mustanski*, Aimee Van Wagenen, Michelle Birkett, Sandra Eyster, Heather L. Corliss

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We studied sexual orientation disparities in health outcomes among US adolescents by poolingmultiple Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data sets from 2005 and 2007 for 14 jurisdictions. Here we describe the methodology for pooling and analyzing these data sets. Sexual orientation-related items assessed sexual orientation identity, gender of sexual contacts, sexual attractions, andharassmentregarding sexual orientation. Wording of items varied across jurisdictions, so we created parallel variables and composite sexual minority variables. Weused a variety of statistical approaches to address issues with the analysis of pooled data and to meet the aims of individual articles, which focused on a range of health outcomes and behaviors related to cancer, substance use, sexual health, mental health, violence, and injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-217
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014


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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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