Minority Stress and Older Gay Men

Researchers associated with the Williams Institute have just published more nuanced research on how older gay men are affected by minority stress, and what they use to counter these negative influences.

The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, examined 202 gay men between the ages of 44 and 75.  They found that “[b]oth sexual minority stress (perceived gay-related stigma, excessive HIV bereavements) and aging-related stress (independence and fiscal concerns) appeared to have been detrimental to mental health.”  A sense of “mastery” helped mediate that stress, and being legally married helped more than simply being partnered.  Counter to some assumptions, “[e]ducation, HIV status, and race/ethnicity had no significant effects.”  To learn more about the study, go to http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2011.300384



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