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Epidemiology and Biostatistics Dissertation Defense: Anqi Wang

Monday, December 12, 2022

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Anqi Wang, MS, will present "Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity and Sexual Minority Stress: Impact on Chronic Disease Related to Inflammation and Pain Interference"

Research suggests that chronic diseases and health conditions are more prevalent among sexual minority individuals. The minority stress hypothesis is the predominant potential explanation for this health disparity. Using the data from National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), we evaluated the impact of sexual orientation and minority stress impacts on chronic diseases and conditions related to inflammation. Specifically, this study examined: 1) the associations of sexual orientation with diabetes, arthritis, and pain interference with normal work, including intersectional analysis of the additional impact of gender and race/ethnicity; 2) the associations of perceived sexual minority discrimination with diabetes, arthritis, and pain interference, after considering effect modification by gender, race/ethnicity, and age; and 3) evaluation of sexual minority discrimination and mental health disorders as mediators between sexual orientation and health outcomes (diabetes, arthritis, and pain interference with normal work).

Committee Members: Seth Welles (Advisor), Committee members: Alison Evans, Jana Mossey, Loni Tabb, Neal Goldstein, Randel Sell, Scarlett Bellamy

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