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Arch Sex Behav. 2018 Jan;47(1):59-74. doi: 10.1007/s10508-017-0990-9. Epub 2017 Jun 5.

Gay Men's Health and Identity: Social Change and the Life Course.

Author information

1
Department of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA, 95064, USA. hammack@ucsc.edu.
2
Department of Psychology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.
3
William Institute, School of Law, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
4
Department of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA, 95064, USA.

Abstract

Due to significant historical change in the late 20th and early 21st century related to both health and cultural attitudes toward homosexuality, gay men of distinct birth cohorts may diverge considerably in their health and identity development. We argue that research on gay men's health has not adequately considered the significance of membership in distinct generation-cohorts, and we present a life course paradigm to address this problem. Focusing on the U.S. as an exemplar that can be adapted to other cultural contexts, we identify five generations of gay men alive today and review unique issues related to health and identity development for each. Implications for research, practice, and advocacy on gay men's health and development are discussed.

KEYWORDS:

Gay men; HIV/AIDS; History; Homosexuality; Life course; PrEP; Sexual orientation

PMID:
28585157
PMCID:
PMC5903851
DOI:
10.1007/s10508-017-0990-9
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