Gay youth in four cultures: A comparative study

Michael W. Ross

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Abstract

Young and older homosexual men in four countries (Sweden, Finland, Ireland, and Australia) were compared on anumber of psychological, social, and psychometric indices to detennine what differences existed between them, and the effect of culture on any such differences. Data show that there are greater differences between r.ounger and older homosexual men as the culture appears more antihomosexual, and that younger homosexual men are less likely to accept their sexual orientation and more likely to accept myths surrounding homosexuality. Younger homosexual men were also more likely to have had gonorrhea (regardless of their number of sexual partners), to prefer receptive anal intercourse, and to have contacted partners by cruising. These data confinn that mental health consequences of antihomosexual environments are most negative where homosexuality is most severely stigmatized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGay and Lesbian Youth
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages299-314
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781317773542
ISBN (Print)0918393566, 9780866568173
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

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