Below are papers on lesbian and bisexual women's health and mental health. Some represent results from surveys that we collected. We hope you see how important your participation is and that you can make a difference by your participation. The greater the numbers of lesbian and bisexual women who participate the louder your voices are in helping contribute to changes in health care practices. The papers can be downloaded for viewing in PDF Click For Help With PDF  format by clicking the "[download paper]" link below the paper you wish to view. When you print the articles, they will appear actual size on the page. To print a full 8 1/2 x 11 page, check the "expand small pages to paper size" box in the print dialog.

 

1. Ponce, N. A., Cochran, S. D., Pizer, J. C., & Mays, V. M. (2010). The effects of unequal access to health insurance for same-sex couples in California. Health Affairs, 29(8),1539-48.                                                                     [download paper]

2. Shariff-Marco, S., Gee, G. C., Breen, N., Willis, G., Reeve, B. B., Grant, D., Ponce, N. A., Krieger, N., Landrine, H., Williams, D. R., Alegria, M., Mays, V. M., Johnson, T. P., & Brown, E. R. (2009). A mixed-methods approach to developing a self-reported racial/ethnic discrimination measure for use in multiethnic health surveys. Ethnicity & Disease, 19(4),447-53.                                                                                                                                       [download paper]

3. Cummings, Janet R. Ponce, Ninez A. Mays, Vickie M..(2010). Comparing racial/ethnic differences in mental health service use among high-need subpopulations across clinical and school-based settings. Journal of Adolescent Health, 46(6), 603-606.                                                                                                                                          [download paper]

4. Cochran SD, Mays V, Corliss H, Smith TW, & Turner J. (2009) Self-reported altruistic and reciprocal behaviors among homosexually and heterosexually experienced adults: implications for HIV/AIDS service organizations. AIDS Care,  21(6), 675-682.
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5.Shariff-Marco, S., Gee, G. C., Breen, N., Willis, G., Reeve, B. B., Grant, D., Ponce, N. A., Krieger, N., Landrine, H., Williams, D. R., Alegria, M., Mays, V. M., Johnson, T. P., & Brown, E. R. (2009). A mixed-methods approach to developing a self-reported racial/ethnic discrimination measure for use in multiethnic health surveys. Ethnicity & Disease, 19(4),447-53.                                                                                                                                                                       [download paper

6.Mays, V. M., Ly, L., Allen E., & Young, S.(2009). Engaging student health organizations in reducing health disparities in underserved communities through volunteerism: developing a student health corps. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and  Underserved. 20(3),914-28.                                                                                                                              [download paper]

7.Corliss, H. L., Cochran, S. D., Mays, V. M., Greenland, S., &  Seeman, T. E. (2009) Age of minority sexual orientation development and risk of childhood maltreatment and suicide attempts in women. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79(4), 511-521.                                                                                                                                                              [download paper]

8.Grella, C. E., Greenwell, L., Mays, V. M., & Cochran, S. D. (2009). Influence of gender, sexual orientation, and need on treatment utilization for substance use and mental disorders: Findings from the California Quality of Life Survey. BMC Psychiatry, 9,10.                                                                                                                                                 [download paper]

9.Mathy, R. M., Cochran, S. D., Olsen, J., & Mays, V. M. (2009). The association between relationship markers of sexual orientation and suicide: Denmark, 1990-2001. Soc Psychiatry Psychiat Epidemiol.                                                   [download paper]

10.Cochran, S. D., & Mays, V. M. (2009). Burden of psychiatric morbidity among lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals in the California Quality of Life Survey. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118(3), 647-58.                                                     [download paper]

11.Lum, C., Corliss, H. L., Mays, V. M., Cochran, S. D., & Lui, C. K. (2009). Differences in the drinking behaviors of Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and Vietnamese college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.70(4), 568-74.                                                                                                                                                                       [download paper]

12.Cochran SD, Mays V, Corliss H, Smith TW, & Turner J. (2009) Self-reported altruistic and reciprocal behaviors among homosexually and heterosexually experienced adults: implications for HIV/AIDS service organizations. AIDS Care, 21(6), 675-682.
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13.An, N., Cochran, S. D., Mays, V. M., & McCarthy, W. (2008). Influence of American acculturation on cigarette smoking behaviors among Asian American subpopulations in California. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 10(4):579-87.                                                                                                                                                                       [download paper]

14.Cochran, S.D., & Mays, V.M.. (2007). Physical health complaints among lesbians, gay men, and bisexual and homosexually experienced heterosexual individuals: Results from the California Quality of Life Survey.  American Journal of Public Health, 97(11), 2048-2055.
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15.Cochran S. D., Mays, V. M., Alegria, M., Ortega, A. N., & Takeuchi, D. (2007). Mental health and substance use disorders among Latino and Asian American lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75(5), 785-794.
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16.Corliss, H. L., Grella, C. E., Mays, V. M., & Cochran S. D. (2006). Drug use, drug severity, and help-seeking behaviors of lesbian and bisexual women. Journal of Women's Health, 15(5), 556-568.
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17.Cochran, S. D., & Mays, V. M. (2005). Estimating prevalence of mental and substance using disorders among lesbians and gay men from existing national health data. In A. Omoto & H. Kurtzman (Eds.), Sexual Orientation, Mental Health, and Substance Use: Contemporary Scientific Perspectives. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
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18.Burgard, S. A., Cochran, S. D., & Mays, V. M. (2005). Alcohol and tobacco use patterns among heterosexually and homosexually experienced California women. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 77(1), 61-70.
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19.Cochran, S. D., Ackerman, D., Mays, V. M., & Ross, M. W. (2004). Prevalence of non-medical drug use and dependence among homosexually active men and women in the U.S. population. Addictions, 99(8), 989-998.
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20.Mays, V.M., Cochran, S.D., & Roeder, M.R. (2004). Depressive distress and prevalence of common problems among homosexually active African American women in the United States. Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, 15, 2/3.
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21.Cochran, S.D., Sullivan, J.G., & Mays, V.M. (2003). Prevalence of mental disorders, psychological distress, and mental health services use among lesbian, gay and bisexual adults in the United States. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 71(1), 53-61.
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22.Yancey, A. K., Cochran, S. D., Corliss, H. L., & Mays, V. M. (2003). Correlates of overweight and obesity among lesbian and bisexual women. Preventative Medicine, 36, 676-683.
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23.Corliss, H. L., Cochran, S. D., & Mays, V. M. (2002). Reports of parental maltreatment during childhood in a United States population-based survey of homosexual, bisexual and heterosexual adults. Child Abuse and Neglect, 26, 1165-1178.
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24.Mays, V. M., Yancey, A. K., Cochran, S. D., Weber, M., & Fielding, J. E. (2002). Heterogeneity of health disparities among African American, Hispanic, and Asian American Women: Unrecognized influences of sexual orientation. American Journal of Public Health, 92(4), 632-639.
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25.Gilman, S. E., Cochran, S. D., Mays, V. M., Hughes, M., Ostrow, D., & Kessler, R. C. (2001). Risk of psychiatric disorders among individuals reporting same-sex sexual partners in the National Comorbidity Survey. American Journal of Public Health, 91(6), 933-939.
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26.Cochran, S. D. (2001). Emerging issues in research on lesbians' and gay men's mental health: Does sexual orientation really matter? American Psychologist, 56(11), 929-947.
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27.Mays, V. M., & Cochran, S. D. (2001). Mental health correlates of perceived discrimination among lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 91(11), 1869-1876.
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28.Cochran, S. D., Mays, V. M., Bowen, D., Gage, S., Bybee, D., Roberts, S., Goldstein, R., Robison, A., Rankow, E. J., & White, J. (2001). Cancer-related risk indicators and preventive screening behaviors among lesbians and bisexual women. American Journal of Public Health, 91(4), 591-597.
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29.Cochran, S. D., Sullivan, J. G., & Mays, V. M. (2001 Oct 21-25). Prevalence of psychiatric disorders and treatment Utilization among lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals. Proceedings of the 129th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (abstract no. 24374), Atlanta, GA.
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30.Cochran, S. D. & Mays, V. M. (2000). Relation Between Psychiatric Syndromes and Behaviorally Defined Sexual Orientation in a Sample of the US Population. American Journal of Epidemiology, 151(5), 516-523.
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31.Cochran, S. D., Keenan, C., Schober, C., & Mays, V. M. (2000). Estimates of Alcohol Use and Clinical Treatment Needs Among Homosexually Active Men and Women in the U.S. Population. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68(6), 1062-1071.
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32.Cochran, S. D., Keenan, C., Schober, C., & Mays, V. M. (2000 Nov 12-16). Estimates of alcohol use and clinical treatment needs among homosexually active men and women in the U.S. population. Proceedings of the 128th American Public Health Association (p. 35; abstract no. 6298), Boston, MA.
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33.Cochran, S. D., & Mays, V. M. (1999). Are lesbians and gay men at risk for psychiatric disorders: Prevalence of psychiatric syndromes among homosexually active individuals in a sample of the US population. Thirteenth Conference of the European Health Psychology Society. Florence, Italy.
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34.Mays, V. M., Chatters, L. M., Cochran, S. D., & Mackness, J. (1998). African American families in diversity: Gay men and lesbians as participants in family networks. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 29(1), 73-87.
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35.Morokoff, P. J., Mays, V. M., & Coons, H. L. (1997). HIV infection and AIDS. In S. Gallant, G. Keita, & R. Royak-Schaler (Eds.), Psychosocial and Behavioral Factors in Women's Health Care: Handbook for Medical Educators, Practitioners, and Psychologists (pp. 273-293). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
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36.Peplau, L. A., Cochran, S. D. & Mays, V. M.  (1997). A national survey of the intimate relationships of African American lesbians and gay men: A look at commitment, satisfaction, sexual behavior and HIV Disease.  In B. Greene (Eds.), Psychological Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Issues:  Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Among Lesbians and Gay Men (pp.11-38).  Newbury Park: Sage Publications .
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37.Mays, V. M., Cochran, S. D., Pies, C., Chu, S., & Ehrhardt, A. (1996). The risk of HIV infection for lesbians and women who have sex with women: Implications for HIV research, prevention, policy, treatment and services. Women's Health: Research on Gender, Behavior and Policy, 2(1&2), 119-139.
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38.Mays, V. M.  (1996). Are lesbians at risk for HIV infection? Women's Health: Research on Gender, Behavior and Policy, 2(1&2), 1-18.
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39.Cochran, S. D., & Mays, V. M. (1996). Prevalence of HIV-Related sexual risk behaviors among young 18- to 24-year-old lesbian and bisexual women. Women's Health: Research on Gender, Behavior, and Policy, 2, 75-89.
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40.Cochran, S. D., Bybee, D., Gage, S., & Mays, V. M. (1996). Prevalence of HIV-related, self-reported sexual behaviors, sexually transmitted diseases, and problems with drugs and alcohol in three large surveys of lesbian and bisexual women: A look into a segment of the community. Women's Health: Research on Gender, Behavior and Policy, 2(1&2), 11-33.
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41.Araba-Owoyele, Johnson, A, Mays, V. M., Truax, S., & Cochran, S. D. (1996). Lesbians and the risk of HIV infection: Does surveillance underestimate HIV risk? Women's Health: Research on Gender, Behavior and Policy, 2(1&2), 111-118.
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42.Cochran, S. D., & Mays, V. M. (1996). Sexual behaviors and sexual identities that put young lesbians at risk for HIV and STD's. Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on AIDS (abstract no. Tu.C.2473) Vancouver, Canada.
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43. Mays, V. M., Beckman, L. J., Oranchak, E., & Harper, B. (1994). Perceived social support for help-seeking behaviors of Black heterosexual and homosexually active women alcoholics. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 8(4), 235-242.
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44.Cochran, S. D., & Mays, V. M. (1994). Depressive distress among homosexually active African American men and women. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 151(4), 524-529.
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45.Mays, V. M., Cochran, S. D. & Rhue, S. (1994). The impact of perceived discrimination on the intimate relationships of Black lesbians. Journal of Homosexuality, 25(4), 1-14.
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46.Cochran, S. D., & Peplau, L.A. (1991). Sexual Risk Reduction Behaviors Among Young Heterosexual Adults. Social Science and Medicine, 33(1), 25-36.
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47.Cochran, S. D., Mays, V. M., & Leung, L. (1991). Sexual practices of heterosexual Asian American young adults: Implications for risk of HIV infection. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 20(4), 381-391.
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48.Peplau, L. A., & Cochran, S. D. (1990). A relationship perspective on homosexuality. In D.P. McWhirter, S.A. Sanders & J.M. Reinisch (Eds.), Homosexuality/heterosexuality: Concepts of Sexual Orientation (pp. 321-349). New York: Oxford University Press.
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49.Garnets, L., Hancock, K. A., Cochran, S.D., Goodchilds, J., & Peplau, L. A. (1991). Issues in psychotherapy With lesbians and gay men: A survey of psychologists. American Psychologist, 46(9), 964-972.
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50.Cochran, S. D., & Mays, V. M. (1989). Women and AIDS-related concerns: Roles for psychologists in helping the worried well. American Psychologist, 44(12), 529-535.
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51.Mays, V. M., Cochran, S. D., & Leung, L. (1989 June 4-9). HIV-risk related sexual practices among Asian young adults. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on AIDS (p. 748; abstract no. W.D.P.36), Montreal, Canada.
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52.Mays, V. M., & Cochran, S. D. (1988). The Black women's relationship project:  A national survey of Black lesbians. In M. Shernoff  & W.A. Scott (Eds.), A Sourcebook of Gay/Lesbian Health Care (pp. 54-62). Washington, DC: National Gay and Lesbian Health Foundation, 2nd Edition.
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53.Cochran, S. D., & Mays, V. M. (1988). Disclosure of sexual preference to physicians by Black lesbian and bisexual women. Western Journal of Medicine, 149(5), 616-619.
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54.Peplau, L. A., Cochran, S. D., Rook, K., & Padesky, C. (1978). Loving women: Attachment and autonomy in lesbian relationships. Journal of Social Issues, 34(3), 7-27.
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