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A Quantitative Exploration of Geosocial Dating Application Use, Belongingness, and Depressive Symptomatology in Young Adult Gay and Bisexual Men

Gordon, Jacob (2022) A Quantitative Exploration of Geosocial Dating Application Use, Belongingness, and Depressive Symptomatology in Young Adult Gay and Bisexual Men. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This exploratory cross-sectional study examined the associations between geosocial dating application (GDA) use, belongingness, and depressive symptomatology in a sample of gay and bisexual men. Eighty-four gay and bisexual men were included in the analysis. Participants responded to the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), the general belongingness scale (GBS), and a measure of the frequency of GDA use per day. Findings revealed that the frequency of GDA use per day was not significantly associated with levels of depressive symptomatology. Yet, a significant and positive association was found between the frequency of GDA use and levels of belongingness. The results also revealed that being a Black or Hispanic/Latinx gay or bisexual man was associated with increased levels of depressive symptomatology and lower levels of belongingness. This study provides important theoretical and practical findings regarding the psychosocial outcomes for gay and bisexual men that use GDAs and maintains that GDAs are a nuanced social tool. The findings are then contextualized to provide implications for social work practitioners and future research.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Gordon, Jacobjdg105@pitt.edujdg1050000-0001-9876-5463
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairEngel, Rafaelrengel@pitt.edurengel
Committee CoChairWhitfield,
Committee MemberEscobar-Viera, Cesarescobar-viera@pitt.eduescobar-viera
Committee MemberGartner, Rachel E.reg59@pitt.edureg59
Committee MemberLabrum, Travistrl51@pitt.edutrl51
Date: 17 October 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 13 September 2022
Approval Date: 17 October 2022
Submission Date: 20 September 2022
Access Restriction: 2 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 2 years.
Number of Pages: 108
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Social Work > Social Work
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: depression, depressive symptomatology, dating apps, dating applications, belongingness, mental health
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2022 14:03
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 14:03

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