Clinically significant depressive symptoms among a diverse sample of same-sex male couples in Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago: An analysis of individual- and dyadic-level factors

Marco A. Hidalgo*, Nicolas A. Suarez, Robert Garofalo, Samuel Hoehnle, Jennie Thai, Matthew J. Mimiaga, Emily Brown, Patrick S. Sullivan, Anna Bratcher, Taylor Wimbly, Rob Stephenson

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Abstract

Psychosocial and relationship factors are associated with depression outcomes in heterosexual couples. No known research has examined these relationships statistically among both partners within a same-sex male dyad. This study examined how socio-demographics, psychosocial and relationship factors influence depressive symptoms in a large sample of same-sex male couples in Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago. Linear and logistic regression models indicated that, at the individual level, age, polydrug use, relationship length, perceived love, and partner communication were associated with depression scores. Multinomial logistic regression models showed that couples with no sexual agreement or an agreement with restrictions were likely to exhibit depressive symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-347
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2018

Keywords

  • Depression
  • gay/bisexual males
  • internalized homophobia
  • men who have sex with men
  • relationship characteristics
  • substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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