Associations Between Social Support Network Characteristics and Receipt of Emotional and Material Support Among a Sample of Male Sexual Minority Youths

Farzana Kapadia, Perry Halkitis, Staci Barton, Daniel Siconolfi, Rafael Perez Figueroa

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Abstract

Few studies have examined how social support network characteristics are related to perceived receipt of social support among male sexual minority youths. Using egocentric network data collected from a study of male sexual minority youths (N = 592), multivariable logistic regression analyses examined distinct associations between individual and social network characteristics with receipt of (1) emotional and (2) material support. In multivariable models, frequent communication and having friends in one's network yielded a twofold increase in the likelihood of receiving emotional support whereas frequent communication was associated with an almost threefold higher likelihood of perceived material support. Finally, greater internalized homophobia and personal experiences of gay-related stigma were inversely associated with perceived receipt of emotional and material support, respectively. Understanding the evolving social context and social interactions of this new generation of male sexual minority youths is warranted in order to understand the broader, contextual factors associated with their overall health and well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-302
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • sexual minority
  • social networks
  • social support
  • youths/adolescents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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