Social integration and health: Community involvement, stigmatized identities, and sexual risk in latino sexual minorities

Jesus Ramirez-Valles*, Lisa M. Kuhns, Richard T. Campbell, Rafael M. Diaz

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to contribute to the conceptual understanding and practical application of social integration theory to health behaviors. We test whether community involvement in AIDS and GLBT organizations moderates the relationship of racial and homosexual stigmata to sexual risk behavior among gay and bisexual men and transgender persons of Latin American origin or descent. We use structural equation modeling to analyze data from a sample of 643 individuals recruited via respondent-driven sampling. Among those not involved in community organizations, homosexual and racial stigmata are related to sexual activity under the influence of alcohol and drugs, which is linked to sexual risk behavior. Among the involved group, the stigmata are not linked to sexual activity under the influence of alcohol and drugs, or to sexual risk behavior. The moderating role of community involvement seems to be more salient in those currently involved than those ever involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-47
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of health and social behavior
Volume51
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Gay men
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Latinos
  • Social integration
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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