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Minority stress theory: An examination of factors surrounding sexual risk behavior among gay and bisexual men who use club drugs
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services (2013)
  • Michael P. Dentato, Loyola University Chicago
  • Perry N Halkitis, New York University
  • John Orwat, Loyola University Chicago
Abstract

Background: Few studies have examined the impact of minority stress theory (MST) upon sexual risk behavior among gay and bisexual men using club drugs. Similar studies have focused on ethnic minorities and women; however, gay and bisexual men demonstrate greater likelihood for risk behaviors leading to HIV/AIDS. Objective: This study examines sexual risk behavior from the perspective of minority stress theory upon substance-using gay and bisexual men and their partners. Methods: Multivariable logistic regression analysis examined minority stress associations with participant sexual risk behaviors, drug use, and partner type, controlling for demographics. Results: 396 gay and 54 bisexual respondents, ages 18–67, reported at least one-time drug use while engaging in sexual risk behavior. In the adjusted model, expectations of rejection associated with lower odds of sexual risk behavior, while older age approached significance. Conclusions: Theoretical origins for examining risk behavior among gay and bisexual men may underscore risk and protective factors, while ultimately holding implications for prevention and treatment interventions.

Keywords
  • HIV/AIDS,
  • minority stress,
  • theory,
  • substance abuse
Disciplines
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
Michael P. Dentato, Perry N Halkitis and John Orwat. "Minority stress theory: An examination of factors surrounding sexual risk behavior among gay and bisexual men who use club drugs" Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services Vol. 25 (2013)
Available at: http://0-works.bepress.com.library.simmons.edu/john_orwat/2/