Tonda L. Hughes

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OBJECTIVES We used data from a nationally representative sample to examine the associations among 3 dimensions of sexual orientation (identity, attraction, and behavior), lifetime and past-year mood and anxiety disorders, and sex. METHODS We analyzed data from wave 2 of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. RESULTS Mental(More)
Despite strong indications of elevated risk of suicidal behavior in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, limited attention has been given to research, interventions or suicide prevention programs targeting these populations. This article is a culmination of a three-year effort by an expert panel to address the need for better understanding of(More)
AIMS To assess past-year prevalence rates of substance use behaviors and substance dependence across three major dimensions of sexual orientation (identity, attraction and behavior) in a large national sample of adult women and men in the United States. DESIGN Data were collected from structured diagnostic face-to-face interviews using the Alcohol Use(More)
OBJECTIVE Studies of alcohol use among lesbians have typically used convenience samples with uncertain generalizability or general population samples with small numbers of lesbians. Here we compare rates of high-risk and problem drinking in a large sample of Chicago-area lesbians and a national sample of age- and education-matched urban heterosexual women.(More)
Despite many gaps in the research on substance abuse and sexual orientation, recent data suggest that, overall, substance use among lesbians and gay men—particularly alcohol use—has declined over the past two decades. However, both heavy drinking and use of drugs other than alcohol appear to be prevalent among young lesbians and gay men. Much less is known(More)
OBJECTIVES This study compared factors known or hypothesized to influence depressive symptomatology in a community sample of lesbians and heterosexual women. METHODS Data were collected in a multisite survey of lesbians' physical and mental health. RESULTS Findings confirmed earlier reports suggesting that traumatic life events such as physical and(More)
OBJECTIVES Using data collected as part of the Multisite Women's Health Study, we examined the differences between lesbians and heterosexual women on objective breast cancer risk calculations using the Gail Model. Health risk behaviors and screening behaviors for breast cancer were also examined. It was hypothesized that lesbians would have higher objective(More)
OBJECTIVES We examined the associations between 3 types of discrimination (sexual orientation, race, and gender) and substance use disorders in a large national sample in the United States that included 577 lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults. METHODS Data were collected from wave 2 of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related(More)
CONTEXT There is consensus in the research literature that substance use disparities exist among sexual minority women and men; however, few studies have examined risk factors that may contribute to these disparities. AIMS To compare reports of life-time victimization experiences in a US national sample of adult heterosexual and sexual minority women and(More)
A growing body of research amply documents health disparities related to substance abuse among sexual minority women. However, relatively little research has examined risk factors or predictors of substance use in this population and even less has explored differences among sexual minority subgroups. Using data from 8850 women aged 25-30 years in the 2003(More)