Importance of Self-Forgiveness and Social Support in Potentially Reducing Loneliness in Men Who Have Sex with Men

Joseph M. Currin, Randolph Hubach

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Abstract

Higher levels of loneliness in men who have sex with men (MSM) are associated with negative outcomes such as depression, anxiety, and sexual impulsivity. By identifying what may reduce loneliness in MSM, counselors and public health professionals can alleviate the distress of their clients. A significant hierarchical multiple regression controlling for relationship status, F(9, 105) = 16.36, p < 0.001, R2 =.62, indicated that higher levels of self-forgiveness (β = −.19, p =.04) and perceived social support (β = −.49, p <.001) predicted lower levels of loneliness in MSM. Implications and limitations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-292
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2018

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Forgiveness
Loneliness
Social Support
social support
counselor
health professionals
Impulsive Behavior
public health
anxiety
regression
Anxiety
Public Health
Depression

Keywords

  • Gay/Bisexual men
  • counseling and therapy
  • mental health
  • public health
  • reducing loneliness
  • resiliency

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In: Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, Vol. 12, No. 4, 02.10.2018, p. 279-292.

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