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

Joseph M. Currin, Randolph D. Hubach

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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
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2018



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

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