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All data files in the PRISM collection contain one or more variables related to the study of sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations. Some studies in the collection are focused on LGBTs or other SGM population groups. Typically, these studies are designed to sample and measure SGM population groups and characteristics in order to address a critical area of inquiry in LGBT health and social research. Other studies in the collection are designed for broader research purposes. Examples include large federal datasets, national and regional studies of health and social behavior and opinion research. Such studies are included in the PRISM collection when they include measures of sexual orientation, transgender-inclusive gender identity, same-sex sexual behavior, same-sex partnership, and/or attitudes towards SGMs.
Data holdings in PRISM (as with all of the ICPSR archives) are systematically assigned topical keyword classifications. For locating data sources in the PRISM by topic or health concern, we recommend searching the archive by keyword.
The PRISM archive contains additional classifications that provide users with the ability to browse the holdings by population subgroup. We also provide a list of collections that we recommend for student use. Each of the PRISM-specific classifications are described below.
Please note that these classifications are not exclusive; some datasets receive multiple classifications. For example, a study of LGBT people that included a heterosexual comparison group would receive multiple population subgroup classifications (lesbian/bisexual women, gay/bisexual men, transgender populations, and studies that include heterosexual populations).
The lesbian/bisexual women subgroup classification includes
The lesbian/bisexual women classification does not include general population studies with sexual orientation measures. General population studies are classified under studies that include heterosexual populations.
The gay/bisexual men subgroup classification includes
The gay/bisexual men classification does not include general population studies with sexual orientation measures. General population studies are classified under studies that include heterosexual populations.
The transgender populations subgroup classification includes
The transgender populations classification does not include general population studies with a transgender identity measure. General population studies are classified under studies that include heterosexual populations.
The same-sex families and couples classification includes any data source for examining same-sex partnership, households, families, or couples.
Studies that include heterosexual populations include
Studies recommended for student use includes