Spirituality, self-compassion, and anxiety among sexual minority men: a longitudinal mediation analysis

Jonathan Mathias Lassiter*, Jared K. O’Garro-Moore, Kainaat Anwar, Stacy W. Smallwood, Inger E. Burnett-Zeigler, Lara Stepleman, K. Marie Sizemore, Christian Grov, H. Jonathon Rendina

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Background and Objective: Research related to anxiety among sexual minority men (SMM) typically focuses on risk factors. It has seldom examined factors that may be associated with lower levels of anxiety. This gap in the literature represents an opportunity to explore positive psychological factors that may be related to lower levels of anxiety among this group. Spirituality and self-compassion are two positive psychological factors that have been associated with reduced anxiety in general samples but have been understudied among SMM. This study aimed to determine the longitudinal associations between spirituality, self-compassion, and anxiety. Design and Methods: Guided by an Afrocentric psychological framework, we conducted a secondary quantitative analysis with data from a racially and ethnically diverse sample of 697 U.S. SMM. Results: Utilizing Hayes PROCESS Macro Model 4, we found that spirituality at baseline was positively associated with self-compassion at baseline, which in turn was inversely associated with anxiety at 12-month follow-up. Conclusions: Overall, our findings provide evidence that spirituality and self-compassion are two positive psychological factors that are inversely associated with anxiety among SMM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAnxiety, Stress and Coping
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • black/Afrocentric psychology
  • gay men
  • mediation
  • self-compassion
  • spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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