Major depression among young men who have sex with men in Beirut, and its association with structural- and sexual minority-related stressors, and social support

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dc.contributor.author Mokhbat, Jacques
dc.contributor.author Wagner, Glenn J.
dc.contributor.author Ghosh-Dastidar, Bonnie
dc.contributor.author El Khoury, Cynthia
dc.contributor.author Abi Ghanem, Carol
dc.contributor.author Balan, Elie
dc.contributor.author Kegeles, Susan
dc.contributor.author Mutchler, Matt G.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-17T12:48:57Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-17T12:48:57Z
dc.date.copyright 2018 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-04-17
dc.identifier.issn 1553-6610 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/10476
dc.description.abstract Guided by the minority stress model, we assessed depression and its relationship to structural and sexual minority-related stressors and social support in a sample of 226 young (age 18–29 years) men who have sex with men in Beirut, Lebanon. The sample was recruited with long-chain peer referrals and administered a survey that included the PHQ-9 measure of depression. Sixteen percent had current major depression based on our PHQ-9 criteria, and 33% reported any lifetime history of suicidal ideation (including 8% who had made an attempt); 69% had experienced any sexual minority-related discrimination in the past year. In bivariate analysis, structural (unemployment, no legal resident status) and sexual minority-related (greater number of types of discrimination experienced, greater discomfort with one’s sexual orientation) stressors were associated with major depression, as was lower social support. Discomfort with one’s sexual orientation was the only correlate of major depression when controlling for other stressors, social support and socio-demographics. These findings highlight a high level of depression, and the potential for community building and social solidarity for mitigating the effects of stressors based in personal security, internalized stigma, and discrimination. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Major depression among young men who have sex with men in Beirut, and its association with structural- and sexual minority-related stressors, and social support en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SOM en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200902719 en_US
dc.author.department N/A en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Sexuality Research and Social Policy en_US
dc.article.pages 1-8 en_US
dc.keywords Depression en_US
dc.keywords MENA en_US
dc.keywords Lebanon en_US
dc.keywords Stress en_US
dc.keywords Social support en_US
dc.keywords MSM en_US
dc.keywords Stressors en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Wagner, G. J., Ghosh-Dastidar, B., El Khoury, C., Ghanem, C. A., Balan, E., Kegeles, S., ... & Mokhbat, J. (2018). Major Depression Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men in Beirut, and Its Association with Structural and Sexual Minority-Related Stressors, and Social Support. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 1-8. en_US
dc.author.email jacques.mokhbat@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13178-018-0352-y en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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