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

McCann, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-3548-4204 & Brown, M. (2020). Psychosocial Needs of Bisexual People: Findings from a Mixed-Methods Research Study. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 41(8), pp. 691-699. doi: 10.1080/01612840.2019.1710007


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.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Issues in Mental Health Nursing on 01 May 2020, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Bisexuality, mental health, psychosocial interventions, social inclusion, human rights
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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