Avoidance coping and HIV risk behavior among gay men

James I. Martin, Jo G. Pryce, James D. Leeper

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    Abstract

    This study describes how coping strategies are related to unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) among gay men, and provides support for a new theoretical underpinning for HIV prevention practice and research with this population. A sample of 470 gay and bisexual men completed a self-administered questionnaire that included a measure of coping strategies used in relation to a recent problem. More participants who reported recent UAI endorsed avoidance strategies than did those who did not report UAI. There was a positive relationship between avoidance coping scores and odds for reported UAI. Among the study's implications was the importance of the larger context in which prevention efforts with this population occur, one that is marked by stigmatization, discrimination, loneliness, and other stresses. In addition, prevention practice and research must attend to the meaning and purpose of sex in gay men's lives.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)193-201
    Number of pages9
    JournalHealth and Social Work
    Volume30
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

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    stigmatization
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    Stereotyping
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    Sexual Minorities

    Keywords

    • Avoidance
    • Coping
    • Gay men
    • Hiv prevention

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    • Health(social science)

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    Avoidance coping and HIV risk behavior among gay men. / Martin, James I.; Pryce, Jo G.; Leeper, James D.

    In: Health and Social Work, Vol. 30, No. 3, 01.01.2005, p. 193-201.

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    Martin, JI, Pryce, JG & Leeper, JD 2005, 'Avoidance coping and HIV risk behavior among gay men', Health and Social Work, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 193-201. https://doi.org/10.1093/hsw/30.3.193
    Martin, James I. ; Pryce, Jo G. ; Leeper, James D. / Avoidance coping and HIV risk behavior among gay men. In: Health and Social Work. 2005 ; Vol. 30, No. 3. pp. 193-201.
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