A minority stress response model of health behaviors in gay and bisexual men: Results from a Taiwanese sample

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Abstract

Purpose: Health disparities among sexual minority men remain and continue to demand novel interventions. Other than risk reduction, a promising approach is to identify pathways to health-promoting behaviors. In this study, depressive symptoms, internalized homophobia, and sense of community connectedness were hypothesized to result from the experience of harassment and rejection, and in turn either promote or inhibit an individual's tendency toward health-promoting behaviors. We accounted for subgroup differences by examining the hypothesized model in gay and bisexual men separately.
Methods: This was a cross-sectional survey study. One thousand three hundred eighty-one gay (81.5%) and bisexual (18.5%) Taiwanese men 18–49 years of age (mean = 26.56, standard deviation = 6) were recruited through a social media advertisement and completed an online survey. Structural equation modeling was employed to simultaneously examine multiple hypothesized paths.
Results: Harassment and rejection were associated with greater depressive symptoms, internalized homophobia, and sense of community connectedness, which in turn yielded direct or indirect associations with health-promoting behavior among gay men. For bisexual men, depressive symptoms remained an important mechanism linking harassment and rejection and health-promoting behavior, whereas the roles of internalized homophobia and sense of community connectedness appeared less obvious.
Conclusion: These findings cast new light on the behavioral implications of minority stress and elucidate the possible underlying mechanisms. The study suggests that more effort should be invested to understand and promote the drivers of health-promoting behavior to reduce health disparities in this population. Copyright © 2021 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. All rights reserved, USA and worldwide.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-221
JournalLGBT Health
Volume8
Issue number3
Early online date23 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Citation

Chan, R. C. H., & Huang, Y.-T. (2021). A minority stress response model of health behaviors in gay and bisexual men: Results from a Taiwanese sample. LGBT Health, 8(3), 209-221. doi: 10.1089/lgbt.2020.0194

Keywords

  • Health-promoting behavior
  • Minority stress
  • Sexual minority men
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Taiwan

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