Mental health risks among the adult male homosexual population
Mental health risks within the adult male homosexual population have been researched; however no comprehensive synthesis of research findings was identified. The purpose of this research was to synthesize current research findings of mental health risks among the male homosexual population. This was limited to international studies conducted between 2003-2008 focusing on suicide, Eating Disorders, and Depression. These findings may serve as an educational resource for nurses and healthcare providers. Findings indicated that homosexual men are at an increased risk for suicide, Eating Disorders, and Depression. Several possible causes were identified, such as internalized homophobia, minority stress, social isolation, gender role orientation, community pressure, and comorbidity with mental health disorders. Limitations included small sample sizes, with limited age and ethnic diversity. Non probability sampling and lack of consistency in measurement of research variables limited the generalizability of the findings. Nursing education and practice should emphasize culturally-competent care and specific healthcare needs of this population. A focus on assessment and awareness of healthcare risks may be beneficial. Recommendations for future research include large, probability samples, and possibly population-based surveys. Research should focus on stressors and protective factors to formulate culturally sensitive interventions. Clinical trials of interventions are needed to form evidence-based practice guidelines.
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
Dissertations, Academic -- Nursing;Nursing -- Dissertations, Academic
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Merchant, Nida, "Mental health risks among the adult male homosexual population" (2008). HIM 1990-2015. 741.