Online Program

Laying the groundwork for an intervention to address partner violence among young men who have sex with men

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Katrina Kubicek, PhD, Division of Research on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Miles McNeeley, MSW, Community, Health Outcomes, and Intervention Research Program, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Background: Research examining intimate partner violence (IPV) within the relationships of young men who have sex with men (YMSM) is scarce. The limited research has focused primarily on providing estimates of the rates and types of violence that occur, which indicate that YMSM experience IPV at rates similar to those of heterosexual females. In spite of this, evidence-based interventions targeting IPV in YMSM relationships are nonexistent. More in-depth research on the covariates of IPV in YMSM relationships is necessary to develop interventions. Methods: This mixed-method study included multiple data collection activities: survey administered to 101 YMSM ages 18-25; 6 focus groups; and 24 one-on-one interviews. Results: Survey data indicate high rates of IPV. About a quarter (24%) reported an injury in the past year as a result of a fight with their partner and a similar percent reported causing an injury to their partner; 29% reported making their partner have sex without a condom and a third reported their partner making them have sex without a condom. Qualitative data indicate that issues such as internalized homophobia, power, normalization of violence in same-sex relationships and limited access to positive relationship role models are important to understand for intervention development. Conclusion: The relationship between IPV and HIV risk behaviors makes this an issue that should be of concern for public health professionals. Findings are discussed in relationship to intervention development so that YMSM communities can be better prepared to advocate for themselves in order to promote a safe and healthy community.

Learning Areas:

Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Describe the types of violence that occur in young men's relationships Discuss intervention opportunities among young gay and bisexual men

Keyword(s): Violence, Gay Men

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal investigator of this study.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.