The relationship between life events and mental health in homosexual men

Michael W. Ross

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In a study to determine the extent to which stigmatization influences mental health in homosexual men, 80 homosexual men were administered the General Health Questionnaire and the Gay Affect and Life Events Scale. Data indicated that there were significant associations between life events and mental health; events related to AIDS had the highest correlations. However, general life event scales that included Finances and Work also were associated significantly with mental health, as previously reported in the general population. These data suggest that the impact of life events may be amplified by stigmatization and that degree of life change is associated closely with psychological dysfunction. It is concluded that life events that are related to both stigmatization and life change and related emotional distress are significant predictors of psychology dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-411
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of clinical psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1990


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