National Lesbian Health Care Survey, 1984-1985 (ICPSR 8991)

Principal Investigator(s): Bradford, Judith B.; Ryan, Caitlin C.


This survey was stimulated by recognition of the need for accurate normative information about the health and health care needs of lesbians in the United States. The purpose of the survey was to provide comprehensive data regarding health care needs of lesbians, to identify gaps in service, and to make recommendations about training and service provision. Information is available on mental health experiences and concerns, mothering, physical abuses, sexual attacks, experiences with discrimination, substance abuse, and community and social life.

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Study Description


Bradford, Judith B., and Caitlin C. Ryan. National Lesbian Health Care Survey, 1984-1985. ICPSR08991-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988.

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This study was funded by:

  • Ms. Foundation for Women
  • Chicago Foundation for Women. Sophia Fund

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    gays and lesbians, health care access, health care services, health status, mental health, women

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1984--1985 (Winter)

Date of Collection:   

  • 1984--1985 (Winter)

Universe:    Lesbians in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Network or snowball sampling technique was used.

Data Source:

self-enumerated forms


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-03-03

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB8991.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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