Correlation Between Mental Health Disorders And Sexual Orientation

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In the article Meatal Health Correlates of Perceived Discrimination Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults in the United States, authors Vickie M. Mays and Susan D. Cochran discuss their research, the results, and their methodology. However, could a different methodology provide different results? Were Mays and Cochran’s results sound?
To start this article Mays and Cochran discuss how recently there have been surveys that have looked for a correlation between mental health disorders and sexual orientation. They then state that their survey will expand upon this idea to try and discover if perceived discrimination, sexual orientation, and mental health are related. Mays and Cochran conducted this research through a survey and questionnaire.
The respondents of the survey and questionnaires had to live in an eligible household – however Mays and Cochran never specified what the requirements of an eligible household was – and be between the ages of 25 to 74 years old. First, the respondents were contacted through a randomly dialed telephone sampling to answer the survey questions. Then the respondents were mailed a questionnaire that to fill out and return. Mays and Cochran oversampled certain groups, such as men and the elderly, to increase representation since the groups mentioned prior were difficult to reach. Mays and Cochran never mention the size of their sample. They do mention the demographics that the collected during the research, which were: age, education
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