Predictors of Eating Attitudes and Behaviors Among Gay Hispanic Men

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Gay men are a vulnerable population at risk for a number of health disparities, but little is known about eating disorders among gay Hispanic men. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of eating attitudes and behaviors with alcohol abuse, body image, depression, self-esteem, and sexual behaviors to determine predictors of eating attitudes and behaviors in a community sample of gay Hispanic men. Significant numbers of the participants were at risk for eating disorders (13%), alcohol abuse (18%), body image disturbance (29%), depression (25%), low self-esteem (12%), and high-risk sexual behaviors (34%). Alcohol abuse, body image, depression, self-esteem, and sexual behaviors were significant predictors of eating attitudes and behaviors and accounted for 38% of the variance in eating attitudes and behaviors. Nurses providing care to this population of gay men must be aware of this cluster of related mental health conditions that are experienced by these men. Addressing and treating these health conditions as a group of related mental health conditions are necessary. More research is needed to further explore this cluster of health issues among gay Hispanic men.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-126
Number of pages16
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012

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Hispanic Americans
Body Image
Self Concept
Sexual Behavior
Alcoholism
Depression
Mental Health
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Risk-Taking
Sexual Minorities
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Predictors of Eating Attitudes and Behaviors Among Gay Hispanic Men. / De Santis, Joseph; Layerla, Dennys Martin; Barroso-Fernandez, Susana; Gattamorta, Karina; Sanchez, Michael; Prado, Guillermo J.

In: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, Vol. 26, No. 2, 01.04.2012, p. 111-126.

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