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In Spite of the System: A Qualitatively-Driven Mixed Methods Analysis of the Mental Health Services Experiences of LGBTQ People Living in Poverty in Ontario, Canada

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In Spite of the System: A Qualitatively-Driven Mixed Methods Analysis of the Mental Health Services Experiences of LGBTQ People Living in Poverty in Ontario, Canada

Lori E Ross et al. PLoS One.

Abstract

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or queer (LGBTQ) people face barriers to accessing mental health care; however, we know little about service experiences of low income LGBTQ people. In this qualitatively-driven mixed methods study, over 700 women and/or trans people completed an internet survey, of whom 12 LGBTQ individuals living in poverty participated in interviews. Low income LGBTQ respondents saw more mental health professionals and had more unmet need for care than all other LGBTQ/income groups. Narrative analysis illustrated the work required to take care of oneself in the context of extreme financial constraints. These findings highlight the mechanisms through which inadequate public sector mental health services can serve to reproduce and sustain both poverty and health inequities.

Conflict of interest statement

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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