Psychological Factors and Decisional Balance to Use Condoms among Young Gay and Bisexual Men: Differences across Race and Ethnicity
Methods: Using data from a cross-sectional web-survey of single YGBM across the United States (N=1380; ages 18-24; 9.9% Black; 18.6% Latino; 71.5% White), we performed three race-specific multivariate regression models to explore the association between psychological factors (i.e., depression, anxiety) and DBC, after adjusting for YGBM’s age and their perceived difficulty to implement safer-sex strategies.
Results: Latino participants were significantly more likely to have higher depressive symptoms in the last week than Black participants, and more likely to have higher anxiety symptoms than White and Black participants. In our race-specific regression analyses, we found that greater symptoms of depression were associated with lower DBC to use condoms among Black participants (b =-.268). Greater anxiety symptoms was associated with greater DBC to use condoms among Latinos (b =.207). We found no association between psychological variables and DBC among White participants.
Conclusions: Psychological factors may be differentially associated with decisional balance to use condoms across racial and ethnic group categories. Health promotion initiatives around condom use may benefit from culturally-tailored interventions that address psychosocial functioning and its role in YMSM's condom use decision-making.
Learning Areas:Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Describe recent demographic trends in HIV incidence among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Examine the relationship between psychological factors and YMSMís attitudes about foregoing condoms with a partner (i.e., decisional balance). Discuss the ways in which psychological factors may be differentially associated with DBC across racial/ethnic group categories
Keyword(s): Mental Health, HIV Risk Behavior
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