Rurality, gay-related rejection sensitivity, and mental health outcomes for gay and bisexual men

Brendon Glon, Zachary Giano, Randolph Hubach, Tonya Hammer

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Abstract

Introduction: Gay and bisexual (GB) men report anxiety about rejection based on sexual identity. The impact rejection has on GB men’s mental health was investigated to understand how rejection impacts positive psychological constructs (hope and self-compassion), as well as anxiety, depression, and internalized homophobia. Rurality was also considered. Methods: Data from 154 GB men were analyzed via linear regression. Results: Results showed higher levels of gay-related rejection were associated with decreased self-compassion and hope agency and increased depressive symptoms and anxiety. No associations with rurality were found. Conclusion: Implications include suggestions for practitioners in helping GB men with self-compassion and hope.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-426
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • gay and bisexual men
  • hope
  • mental health
  • rejection sensitivity
  • rural issues
  • Self-compassion

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