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Navigating the LGB data landscape: A review of appropriate secondary data sources for sexuality and substance use research in the UK

Navigating the LGB data landscape: A review of appropriate secondary data sources for sexuality and substance use research in the UK
Navigating the LGB data landscape: A review of appropriate secondary data sources for sexuality and substance use research in the UK
Research has found that sexual minority individuals are more likely to experience health inequalities and have higher rates of substance use compared with their heterosexual counterparts. This association between sexuality and health outcomes is increasingly being explored using quantitative methodologies within the context of public health, psychology and health geography. Much of this research, however, has relied on primary data, despite the wide availability of secondary sources, mainly survey data, collecting information on sexuality and different types of health outcomes and health risk behaviours, such as substance use. This study reviewed recent surveys in the UK that are appropriate for exploring topics related to LGB populations and substance use behaviours. We carried out a narrative review of secondary data sources in the UK to assess the accessibility and suitability of secondary sources for sexuality and substance use research. We identified eight cross-sectional and two longitudinal surveys that contained both sexuality and substance use data. We summarised the possible applications of each survey and the scope of questions within sexuality and substance use research that could be addressed by each survey. The identification of appropriate surveys in this review can allow researchers to extend the use of secondary data sources in the UK to examine substance use inequalities between sexuality groups, further advancing this key topic.
Cross-Sectional Studies, Heterosexuality, Humans, Information Storage and Retrieval, Substance-Related Disorders/epidemiology, United Kingdom/epidemiology
1661-7827
Davies, Megan
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Moon, Graham
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Sabel, Clive E.
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Moon, Graham
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Sabel, Clive E.
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Davies, Megan, Moon, Graham and Sabel, Clive E. (2022) Navigating the LGB data landscape: A review of appropriate secondary data sources for sexuality and substance use research in the UK. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (3), [1329]. (doi:10.3390/ijerph19031329).

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Research has found that sexual minority individuals are more likely to experience health inequalities and have higher rates of substance use compared with their heterosexual counterparts. This association between sexuality and health outcomes is increasingly being explored using quantitative methodologies within the context of public health, psychology and health geography. Much of this research, however, has relied on primary data, despite the wide availability of secondary sources, mainly survey data, collecting information on sexuality and different types of health outcomes and health risk behaviours, such as substance use. This study reviewed recent surveys in the UK that are appropriate for exploring topics related to LGB populations and substance use behaviours. We carried out a narrative review of secondary data sources in the UK to assess the accessibility and suitability of secondary sources for sexuality and substance use research. We identified eight cross-sectional and two longitudinal surveys that contained both sexuality and substance use data. We summarised the possible applications of each survey and the scope of questions within sexuality and substance use research that could be addressed by each survey. The identification of appropriate surveys in this review can allow researchers to extend the use of secondary data sources in the UK to examine substance use inequalities between sexuality groups, further advancing this key topic.

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Accepted/In Press date: 21 January 2022
Published date: 25 January 2022
Additional Information: Funding Information: Funding: This research was supported by an Advanced Quantitative Methods Ph.D. funding award from the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ES/J500161/1). Publisher Copyright: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Keywords: Cross-Sectional Studies, Heterosexuality, Humans, Information Storage and Retrieval, Substance-Related Disorders/epidemiology, United Kingdom/epidemiology

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Local EPrints ID: 471608
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/471608
ISSN: 1661-7827
PURE UUID: 96a64d07-698c-432c-9985-9d759c22d478
ORCID for Graham Moon: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7256-8397

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Date deposited: 14 Nov 2022 18:11
Last modified: 19 Nov 2022 02:38

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Author: Megan Davies
Author: Graham Moon ORCID iD
Author: Clive E. Sabel

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