Cyprus Journal of Medical Sciences
Original Article

LGBT+ Individuals’ Sexual and Mental Health: A Comparison with Hetereosexual Group


Faculty of Health Science, Istanbul University School of Medicine Cerrahpasa, Istanbul, Turkey


Istanbul University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey

Cyprus J Med Sci 2020; 5: 189-195
DOI: 10.5152/cjms.2020.864
Read: 136 Downloads: 101 Published: 07 April 2020


Although lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) individuals experience many sexual and mental health problems, these problems are neglected by health professionals. We designed this study to determine the sexual and mental health problems of LGBT+ individuals by conducting a comparison with heterosexual individuals.


This cross-sectional, descriptive, and comparative study design was conducted between August 2015 and October 2015; it involved 210 LGBT+ subjects and 226 heterosexual subjects. Data were collected using online surveys, including an information form (35 questions) and the Turkish adaptation of a standard General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12 questions). The GSQ-12 is a screening device for identifying minor psychiatric disorders in the general population. Descriptive statistics, independent sample t-test, and Spearman and Pearson’s correlation test were used for data analyses.


Compared to the control group subjects, more LGBT+ subjects indulged in sexual activities for money and/or drugs; in addition, the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), experiences of abuse, and sexual problems was higher in LGBT+ subjects. There was no difference between the groups in terms of mental health status.


While there was a difference in the sexual health parameters between the groups, there was no difference in their mental health status.


Cite this article as: Boyacıoğlu NE, Dinç H, Özcan NK, Şahin AB. LGBT+ Individuals’ Sexual and Mental Health: A Comparison with Hetereosexual Group. Cyprus J Med Sci 2020; 5(1): 189-95.

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