Perceived Group Devaluation, Depression, and HIV-Risk Behavior Among Asian Gay Men

David H. Chae, Hirokazu Yoshikawa

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Objective: This study examined depressive mood and HIV-risk behavior in relation to perceived group devaluation and group identity. Design: Cross-sectional survey of 192 Asian gay men. Main Outcome Measures: Depressive mood assessed using the Centers for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) and self-reported receptive or insertive unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) in the past 3 months. Results: Group devaluation was positively associated with depressive mood. Among participants most attracted to Whites, group devaluation was associated with higher levels of nonprimary partner UAI, among those most attracted to non-Whites. Among participants reporting higher levels of group devaluation, those with more positive personal evaluations of the Asian gay community had lower levels of total UAI compared to those with more negative personal evaluations of the Asian gay community. Conclusions: Results suggest that group devaluation is associated with higher levels of depressive mood among Asian gay men. Asian gay men most attracted to non-Whites or hold more positive evaluations of their group may be buffered from the influence of high perceived group devaluation on UAI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-148
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Psychology
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Asian gay men
  • HIV-risk behavior
  • group devaluation
  • prejudice
  • racial identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Perceived Group Devaluation, Depression, and HIV-Risk Behavior Among Asian Gay Men'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this