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Gay-related development, early abuse and adult health outcomes among gay males

Friedman, MS and Marshal, MP and Stall, R and Cheong, J and Wright, ER (2008) Gay-related development, early abuse and adult health outcomes among gay males. AIDS and Behavior, 12 (6). 891 - 902. ISSN 1090-7165

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This study examined relationships between timing of gay-related developmental milestones, early abuse, and emergence of poor health outcomes in adulthood among 1,383 gay/bisexual men in the Urban Men's Health Study. Latent Profile Analysis grouped participants as developing early, middle or late based on the achievement of four phenomena including age of first awareness of same-sex sexual attractions and disclosure of sexual orientation. Participants who developed early were more likely, compared to others, to experience forced sex and gay-related harassment before adulthood. They were more likely to be HIV seropositive and experience gay-related victimization, partner abuse and depression during adulthood. Early forced-sex, gay-related harassment and physical abuse were associated with several negative health outcomes in adulthood including HIV infection, partner abuse, and depression. This analysis suggests that the experience of homophobic attacks against young gay/bisexual male youth helps to explain heightened rates of serious health problems among adult gay men. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Friedman, MSmsf11@pitt.eduMSF11
Marshal, MPmpm1@pitt.eduMPM1
Stall, Rrstall@pitt.eduRSTALL
Cheong, Jjcheong@pitt.eduJCHEONG
Wright, ER
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for LGBT Health Research
Date: 1 November 2008
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: AIDS and Behavior
Volume: 12
Number: 6
Page Range: 891 - 902
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s10461-007-9319-3
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
School of Medicine > Psychiatry
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1090-7165
MeSH Headings: Adolescent; Adult; Bisexuality--psychology; Child Abuse--statistics & numerical data; Coercion; Depression--epidemiology; HIV Seropositivity--epidemiology; Health Status; Health Surveys; Homosexuality, Male--psychology; Homosexuality, Male--statistics & numerical data; Humans; Male; Psychosexual Development; Sexual Behavior--statistics & numerical data; Unsafe Sex--statistics & numerical data; Young Adult
Other ID: NLM NIHMS102256, NLM PMC2680076
PubMed Central ID: PMC2680076
PubMed ID: 17990094
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2013 19:42
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2019 14:55


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