Study: Homophobia Takes Years Off of Your Life

www.psmag.com Published: February 19, 2014
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There’s a price to be paid for homophobia, and it’s a steep one: Approximately two and one-half years off of your life, according to PSMag.com.


That’s the conclusion of a provocative new research paper, which examines the social attitudes and death rates of a large, representative sample of Americans over two recent decades.

“We found evidence that anti-gay prejudice is associated with elevated mortality risk among heterosexuals, over and above multiple established risk factors,” writes a research team led by Mark Hatzenbuehler of Columbia University. “In particular, there was a 2.5-year life expectancy difference between individuals with high vs. low levels of anti-gay prejudice.”

H/T: Newser
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