Psychosocial Needs of Bisexual People: Findings from a Mixed-Methods Research Study

Edward McCann*, Michael Brown

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More attention has recently been paid to the unique experiences and health needs of LGBTQ + people. To date, there has been a limited focus on the distinct psychosocial needs of bisexuals. A larger mixed-methods study explored the wider needs of a LGBTQ + cohort. The aim of this paper is to report the specific experiences of bisexuals and highlight their distinct psychosocial issues and concerns. The online survey instrument contained Likert-scale and qualitative questions and was completed by a total sample of LGBT people (n = 125), of which 19 participants self-identified as bisexual. The qualitative responses of the bisexuals were extracted and analyzed separately to identify emergent themes that were: accessing responsive services, culturally competent services, supports and interventions, and knowledge, skills and confidence. The study findings inform and enhance the understanding of the issues that impact upon the health and well-being of bisexuals, thereby contributing to promoting the wider social inclusion and human rights agenda by guiding mental health service developments, policy initiatives, education provision and future research.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Early online date01 May 2020
Publication statusEarly online date - 01 May 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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