ERIC Number: EJ727141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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Confronting Stigma: Community Involvement and Psychological Well-Being among HIV-Positive Latino Gay Men
Ramirez-Valles, Jesus; Fergus, Stevenson; Reisen, Carol A.; Poppen, Paul J.; Zea, Maria Cecilia
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v27 n1 p101-119 2005
Theories of social integration and stress process posit that community involvement may buffer or may compensate the adverse effects of stigma on psychological well-being. In this article, the authors explore this thesis in a stigmatized and seldom studied group of HIV-positive Latino gay men. Specifically, they examine the effects of community involvement in AIDS and gay-related organizations (e.g., volunteerism and activism) and experienced homosexual stigma on three psychological well-being indicators (i.e., self-esteem, depression, and loneliness). The cross-sectional sample includes 155 HIV-positive men living in New York City and Washington, DC. Results suggest that experienced stigma attributed to homosexuality is associated with psychological well-being. Community involvement, however, seems to compensate the association between stigma and depression and loneliness, while buffering the association with self-esteem. Furthermore, community involvement appears to also heighten the perception of stigma.
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Community Involvement, Social Integration, Males, Homosexuality, Depression (Psychology), Well Being, Social Bias, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Communicable Diseases, Self Esteem
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