Sexual Orientation and Functional Pain in U.S. Young Adults: The Mediating Role of Childhood Abuse

  title={Sexual Orientation and Functional Pain in U.S. Young Adults: The Mediating Role of Childhood Abuse},
  author={Andrea L Roberts and Margaret Rosario and Heather L Corliss and David Wypij and Jenifer R. Lightdale and Sydney Bryn Austin},
  booktitle={PloS one},
OBJECTIVE Pain without known pathology, termed "functional pain," causes much school absenteeism, medication usage, and medical visits. Yet which adolescents are at risk is not well understood. Functional pain has been linked to childhood abuse, and sexual orientation minority youth (gay, lesbian, bisexual, "mostly heterosexual," and heterosexual with same-sex sexual contact) are more likely to be victims of childhood abuse than heterosexuals, thus may be at greater risk of functional pain… CONTINUE READING
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