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ERIC Number: EJ1010635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
"A Safe Way to Explore": Reframing Risk on the Internet Amidst Young Gay Men's Search for Identity
Pingel, Emily S.; Bauermeister, Jose A.; Johns, Michelle M.; Eisenberg, Anna; Leslie-Santana, Matthew
Journal of Adolescent Research, v28 n4 p453-478 Jul 2013
Internet use provides a vital opportunity for sexual-minority youth to learn about sexual desires and pursue partnerships otherwise publically stigmatized. Researchers, however, have portrayed the Internet as an inherently risky venue for HIV or sexually transmitted infection (STI) transmission among young gay men (YGM). We therefore investigated how YGM use the Internet during adolescence and emerging adulthood. In the course of 34 in-depth, semistructured interviews with a sample of self-identified YGM, 18 to 24 years of age, we inquired about initial experiences of online dating. We found that YGM benefit online through exploration of their sexual identities, while simultaneously encountering and negotiating sources of risk. In examining YGM's perceptions of risk, we hope to reach a greater understanding of the opportunities for HIV prevention and health promotion among YGM.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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