A pilot study to evaluate ethnic/racial differences in depressive symptoms, self-esteem, and sexual behaviors among men who have sex with men

Joseph P. de Santis, Elias Provencio Vasquez

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Abstract

Men who have sex with men (MSM) are at risk for certain physical and psychological health conditions. Ethnic minority MSM are at an increased risk related to the combination of sexual minority and ethnic minority status. The purpose of this pilot study was to compare the levels of depressive symptoms, self-esteem, and sexual behaviors by ethnicity in a sample of MSM (N = 70) residing in South Florida. More than one-third of the sample (N = 26; 37%) had high levels of depressive symptoms. Using non-parametric statistics, statistically significant differences were noted in the levels of depressive symptoms as African-American MSM had higher levels of depressive symptoms when compared to the other ethnic groups. Statistically significant differences were not found when self-esteem and sexual behaviors were compared by ethnicity. Regardless of ethnicity, MSM in this study were at risk for the sequela of depressive symptoms and infections with HIV and/or sexually transmitted infections because of the high levels of unsafe sexual behaviors. More research is needed to explore the relationship of mental health and sexual behaviors among the various ethnic groups of MSM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-164
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Ethnicity
  • Homosexuality
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexual behaviors
  • Vulnerable populations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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