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Personal well-being and sexual identity in the UK: 2013 to 2015

October 17, 2017

PEOPLE in the UK who identify as gay or lesbian, or bisexual, are more anxious, and therefore have a lower measure of personal well-being, than average, a report from the Of­fice for National Statistics suggest

This report analyses three years of data from the Annual Population Survey (APS) on per­sonal well-being, which measures levels of anxiety, happiness, worth, and life satisfaction, using various indicators. These include sexual identity, which is differentiated from sexual attraction or behaviour.

On average, between 2012 and 2015, people who identified as het­erosexual or straight were happier and more satisfied with life than those who identified as gay or lesbian, or bisexual.

About a third of people who iden­tified as bisexual reported high levels of anxiety; this was compared with 19.5 per cent who identified as heterosexual or straight.

Among other indicators of per­sonal well-being were age, gender, marriage or civil partnership. Previous reports showed that general health, employment, and relationship status have the largest association with per­sonal well-being,” the report says.

It-also- pointed to other factors that might affect self-reporting of sexual identity, and _ therefore the inconsistency of the data.

“The release Sexual Identity, UK 2015 showed that you are more likely to report identifying as lesbian, gay, or bi sexual if you live in London, and previous research has shown that personal well-being is generally lower in London.”

It’s online here

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