Perceived stress and sexual orientation among breast cancer survivors

  • J.M. J
  • D.J. B
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Abstract

Little is known about the cancer survivorship experiences of sexual minority women (SMW). SMW breast cancer survivors are hypothesized to experience more stress compared to heterosexual breast cancer survivors. A convenience sample of 211 breast cancer survivors (68 SMW, 143 heterosexual women) participated in this cross-sectional online investigation of perceived stress. Regression analyses indicated significant differences in reported stress between heterosexual and SMW breast cancer survivors (β= -.15, p = .03). Our findings may reflect unique experiences had by sexual minority breast cancer survivors. Future research should explore the factors that contribute to elevated perceived stress in this group.

Author-supplied keywords

  • adult
  • breast tumor
  • cross-sectional study
  • etiology
  • female
  • heterosexuality
  • human
  • lesbianism
  • mental stress
  • middle aged
  • minority group
  • psychology
  • sexual behavior
  • survivor

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Authors

  • Jabson J.M.

  • Bowen D.J.

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