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Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2008 Oct;14(4):385-90. doi: 10.1037/1099-9809.14.4.385.

Childhood sexual abuse in black men who have sex with men: results from three qualitative studies.

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School of Nursing, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14642, USA. sheldon_fields@urmc.rochester.edu

Abstract

This report describes the high prevalence and context of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) among Black men who have sex with men (MSM) across 3 independent qualitative studies. Semistructured one-on-one interviews were conducted with 87 Black MSM across 3 cities (Rochester, NY, n = 28; Lexington, KY /Atlanta, GA, n = 30; and Atlanta, GA, n = 29). A combined CSA prevalence of 32% (28/87) was found among the 3 samples, despite variation in geographic location, mean age, and sexual identification. Common themes emerging across the 3 samples included prolonged and repeated abuse by a close male relative; blaming of same-sex desire on CSA; and descriptions of adverse mental health reactions to CSA. Implications of CSA and its potential influence on the mental health and risky sexual behavior among Black MSM are discussed.

PMID:
18954175
DOI:
10.1037/1099-9809.14.4.385
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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