Muscularity disturbance and methamphetamine use among HIV-infected men who have sex with men

Jonathan D. Jampel, Steven Safren, Aaron J. Blashill

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Abstract

Previous research has established a link between methamphetamine use and body dissatisfaction among HIV-infected men who have sex with men (MSM). However, to date, no study has examined the specific role that muscularity disturbance, a key component of body dissatisfaction among men, has in this relationship. Thus, the current study aimed to examine links between muscularity disturbance and methamphetamine use among HIV-infected MSM. Participants were 97 HIV-infected MSM, who completed a number of self-report measures of muscularity disturbance, depressive symptoms, and substance use. Results indicated that after controlling for depression and polysubstance use, elevated muscularity disturbance was associated with increased methamphetamine use. Future interventions may benefit from integrating body image dissatisfaction and methamphetamine use in an approach that encompasses the intertwined psychosocial stressors that HIV-infected MSM face.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)474-479
Number of pages6
JournalPsychology of Men and Masculinity
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Body image
  • Gay and bisexual men
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Methamphetamine use
  • Muscularity concerns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Gender Studies
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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