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Mental health symptoms and concerns of gay and bisexual men: an examination of ethnic differences

The purpose of this secondary analysis study is to determine if there are differences in mental health symptoms an concerns based on the demographic variable race within a sample of gay and bisexual men who sought mental health treatment. The data for this study were obtained from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) database, the world’s largest collection of digital social data. Analysis of the data concluded that some of the most distressing mental health symptoms and concerns of gay and bisexual men were depression, relationship issues and anxiety. Furthermore, individuals from an ethnic minority background had experienced more than one form of abuse physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Another major finding concluded that the top two misused substances of gay and bisexual men were alcohol and marijuana. The findings of this study suggest the need for increased awareness of mental health issues and the barriers that gay and bisexual men encounter when seeking mental health treatment. In addition, the study suggests more exploration of the prevalence and impact of childhood abuse, particularly among ethnic minority gay and bisexual men. The results of this study highlight the need for, more culturally competent social workers and the need to train social workers to be sensitive to historical stigmatization, continued barriers to mental health care, the prevalence of specific factors and the health conditions as well as cultural aspects of gay and bisexual men.

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