According to previous studies, lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people report lower levels of mental health relative to heterosexuals. Young LGB people especially suffer from poorer psychological adjustment. However, it remains unclear whether different developmental identity patterns have implications for the psychological adjustment of LGB youths. There is a possibility that the development of sexual orientation identity is related to the better mental health among young LGB people. This study examines whether different patterns of LGB identity formation and integration are associated with psychological adjustment.
Method: One hundred fifty-five gay and bisexual young males (age 16-25) were recruited in Japan to complete a set of self-report scales.
Results: The participants met other gay or bisexual males for the first time in their lives three years before this survey, on average. The patterns of identity formation (early vs. recent development) were not significantly related to psychological distress and self-esteem. By contrast, those with integrated identity had less depression/anxiety symptoms and higher self-esteem. They were more likely to disclose their sexual orientation to their friends, siblings and parents and to engage in LGB-related social activities than those with unintegrated identity.
Discussion: These findings suggest that difficulties in developing an integrated gay or bisexual identity may have negative implications for the psychological adjustment of gay and bisexual young males. However, gay and bisexual young males can develop more integrated identity by disclosing their sexual orientation to others and involving themselves in LGB-related activities. Addressing potential barriers to further identity integration may facilitate changes in identity integrati on and contribute to better psychological adjustment of gay and bisexual young males.
The commonest male ejaculation disorder is Premature Ejaculation (PE). Inhibited or Delayed Ejaculation can be a more challenging condition to assess and treat. This discussion will focus on the diagnosis, investigations and management of ejaculation problems including an overview of the first medication specifically approved for the treatment of PE, dapoxetine, released under the trade name of Priligy™.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is a traumatic event that results in a sudden life change that is difficult to conceptualise. No one can truly be prepared for such a huge shock. It impacts a person not just physically and neurologically, but also socially, emotionally and psychologically. Recovering from SCI has been likened to a “rebirth”. A person needs to reconstruct even the most basic activities of daily living. Sexuality, being an integral part of every person’s life, is also part of this reconstruction process.
In the Far East, as a social component, sociality put emphasis on getting married and starting a family. However, in most cases, the images of families are heterosexualized. Therefore, reproductive health issues/rights of lesbian females haven’t been noted. In a major survey in 2012, 5.2% of the population in Japan are from sexual minorities. Other says lesbian pregnancies exist but it is impossible to find out the number. In Medical field, knowledge of lesbian pregnancies is insufficient, and the disincentives of pregnancy and needs toward healthcare providers of lesbian females in Japan are not known.
Within the scope of defining sexuality, complexities are often overlooked when delivering education to young people. We know that each person experiences and expresses their sexuality differently, and that influences come from a wide range of external interactions. Yet the tendency can sometimes be to focus on the biological and ‘safe’ zones of discussion, rather than engaging young people to think more deeply about the interwoven dimensions and how it applies to them.
There are many barriers –both structural and attitudinal –to the implementation of comprehensive sexuality education, whether in schools or for adult populations. These barriers are compounded when the target audience is people with disabilities. Reluctance to address sexuality issues can stem from the assumption that a person with an intellectual disability is child-like and has no interest in sex or need for education.
Two open public discourse on perceived controversial topics is presented as polarised along the “for or against” continuum. This makes for entertaining debate, but doesn’t really help build practice or protect the most vulnerable. This is seen in the arena of children and sexuality. The overwhelming majority of people want children to be safe; however there remain significant myths about what it means to protect children in this area.