The Gay Community Involvement Index: An Exploratory Factor Analysis and Initial Validation of a New Measure of Gay Community Involvement

Olivia Foster-Gimbel*, David Matthew Doyle, Renee Engeln

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Abstract

This article details initial measure development, exploratory factor analysis, and preliminary validation of the Gay Community Involvement Index (GCII) across two studies. Previous research on gay community involvement has relied on measures that do not distinguish between distinct ways in which men may be involved in the gay community (e.g., going to bars and clubs vs. advocating for political issues). The GCII is a new multidimensional measure of the type and intensity of participation in a variety of activities within the gay community. Exploratory factor analysis suggested four subscales: Community Activities, Nightlife, Media, and Political Activism. We report strong evidence for internal consistency within subscale scores, as well as both convergent and discriminant validity for subscale scores. This measure may help those researching gay men’s health and well-being better understand the impact of different types of community involvement on health and psychosocial outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-247
Number of pages15
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • Gay community involvement
  • Gay men
  • Health and well-being
  • Sexual orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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