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The views and experiences of bisexual people regarding their psychosocial support needs: a qualitative evidence synthesis

McCann, E, Brown, MJ and Taylor, J 2021 , 'The views and experiences of bisexual people regarding their psychosocial support needs: a qualitative evidence synthesis' , Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, vol. 28, no. 3 , pp. 430-443 , doi: 10.1111/jpm.12680.

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Abstract

Introduction: Despite consistent evidence of poor mental health among what is arelatively large population group, research examining bisexual mental health remainssparse.Aim: To identify the psychosocial needs of people who are bisexual and establishfactors that may support or inhibit access to appropriate psychosocial interventionsand supports.Method: A qualitative evidence syntheses of the empirical evidence.Results: A total of 15 papers were included in the review. The PRISMA process wasused. Following data analysis, four main themes emerged that were (a) experiences of being bisexual, (b) mental health experiences and concerns, (c) service access andresponses and (iv) communities and supports.Discussion: Bisexual people have unique and specific psychosocial support needs thatrelate to, but are also different from, the needs of the broader LGBTIQ+ community.This study provides valuable insights into how future policy, practice, education andtraining and research can better address the needs of this highly vulnerable group.Implications for Practice: This study highlights the psychosocial complexities associated with bisexuality and provides evidence for the need for improvement in currentsupport services to ensure inclusivity and culturally competent care.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McCann, E and Brown, MJ and Taylor, J
Keywords: bisexual, experiences, mental health, psychosocial, qualitative evidence syntheses, supports
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 1351-0126
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/jpm.12680
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© 2020 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

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