What is it about?

Concerns about mental health within the LGBTI community worldwide and in Ireland have prompted significant research interest. A recent on-line survey of the LBGTI community (n=2,264) on their mental health, wellness and challenges was conducted. A section on Happiness was part of this on-line survey. This paper addresses this aspect of the study and aims to explore the extent and experience of happiness and concomitant factors in the LGBTI community in Ireland.

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Why is it important?

in terms of social and emotional well-being, issues still exist for people who identify as LGBTI. Heterosexism, homophobia and transphobia can all lead to specific challenges in relation to health equality and social inclusion (Health Service Executive, 2009; World Health Organisation, 2009; Department of Health, 2013). Furthermore, stigma-related prejudice, discrimination and heterosexist experiences can have a negative impact upon a person’s experiences of well-being and happiness.

Perspectives

The main strengths of the study are the size of the sample and the commitment of the participants to provide detailed responses to the open question on happiness.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: An exploration of happiness within the Irish LGBTI community, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, August 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/19359705.2019.1646689.
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