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dc.contributor.advisorMajumdar, Debarun
dc.contributor.authorRichardson, Heather L. ( )
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-10T16:11:42Z
dc.date.available2016-06-10T16:11:42Z
dc.date.issued2016-05
dc.identifier.citationRichardson, H. L. (2016). Preventative health test utilization among sexual minorities: A nationally representative population-based study (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/6035
dc.description.abstractLittle attention has been paid to preventative medical test utilization among sexual minorities and not much attention has been paid to health issues of sexual minorities except in high profile diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Sexual minorities often delay obtaining preventative healthcare because of various barriers such as discrimination, stigmatization within the healthcare system, and due to lack of health insurance coverage. Despite the growing visibility of the LGBTQ community and the July 2015 U.S. Supreme Court landmark decision that extended marriage equality nationwide, health disparities continue to be an ongoing issue within the sexual minority population. The importance of preventative screening is to ultimately reduce morbidity of certain diseases through testing and to identify diseases that could cause mortality if left untreated. There is only a limited number of population-based studies on health disparities among sexual minorities that specifically examine preventative health test utilization. Couching this study in the second demographic transition and the epidemiological transition theories and using the 2013 National Health Interview Survey data from the National Center for Health Statistics, which is among the first to contain nationally representative data on sexual orientation, this research compares participation in preventative health test utilization between the heterosexual and homosexual populations. This research also examines differences in preventative health test utilization among sexual minorities while controlling for confounding sociodemographic variables. Results indicate significant differences in participation levels among the heterosexual and homosexual population in blood pressure, blood glucose, colon cancer, and HIV screenings and testing. Among the homosexual population, findings indicate significant differences in colon cancer screening and HIV testing. These findings contribute to the existing literature by providing a baseline for population-based research on sexual minorities and their utilization of preventative health tests.
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dc.format.extent84 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectPopulation-based study
dc.subjectPreventative health tests
dc.subjectPreventative test utilization
dc.subjectSexual minority health
dc.subjectLGBTQ health
dc.subject.lcshMedicine, Preventativeen_US
dc.subject.lcshSexual minoritiesen_US
dc.titlePreventative Health Test Utilization Among Sexual Minorities: A Nationally Representative Population-Based Study
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWatt, Toni
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMcKinney, Audrey
thesis.degree.departmentSociology
thesis.degree.disciplineSociology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
txstate.departmentSociology


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