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The views and experiences of bisexual people regarding their psychosocial support needs: a qualitative evidence synthesis

McCann, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-3548-4204, Brown, M. J. & Taylor, J. (2021). The views and experiences of bisexual people regarding their psychosocial support needs: a qualitative evidence synthesis. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 28(3), pp. 430-443. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12680

Abstract

Introduction
Despite consistent evidence of poor mental health among what is a relatively large population group, research examining bisexual mental health remains sparse.

Aim
To identify the psychosocial needs of people who are bisexual and establish factors that may support or inhibit access to appropriate psychosocial interventions and supports.

Method
A qualitative evidence syntheses of the empirical evidence.

Results
A total of 15 papers were included in the review. The PRISMA process was used. Following data analysis, four main themes emerged that were (a) experiences of being bisexual, (b) mental health experiences and concerns, (c) service access and responses and (iv) communities and supports.

Discussion

Bisexual people have unique and specific psychosocial support needs that relate to, but are also different from, the needs of the broader LGBTIQ+ community. This study provides valuable insights into how future policy, practice, education and training and research can better address the needs of this highly vulnerable group.

Implications for Practice
This study highlights the psychosocial complexities associated with bisexuality and provides evidence for the need for improvement in current support services to ensure inclusivity and culturally competent care.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: McCann, E. , Brown, M. J. & Taylor, J. (2021). The views and experiences of bisexual people regarding their psychosocial support needs: a qualitative evidence synthesis. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 28(3), pp. 430-443, which has been published in final form at DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12680. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
Publisher Keywords: bisexual, experiences, mental health, psychosocial, qualitative evidence syntheses, supports
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Nursing
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