Religiousness, Spirituality, and Existential Well-being Among HIV-Positive Gay, Bisexual, and Other MSM Age 50 and Over

Melvin C. Hampton, Perry N. Halkitis, Rafael Perez-Figueroa, Sandra A. Kupprat

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Abstract

The religious and spiritual experiences of HIV-positive gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are severely understudied, especially among those over 50. However, literature supports that religious/spiritual experiences are related to both physical and mental health among older adults. In this exploratory analysis we assessed the relations that exist among a sample of HIV-positive gay, bisexual, and other MSM over 50 in regard to sociodemographic factors and two established measures of religiosity/spirituality. Differences emerged in relation to both race/ethnicity and age for the Ironson-Woods Spirituality/Religiousness (SR) Index, while, for the Existential Well-being subscale, differences emerged in relation to race/ethnicity and perceived socioeconomic status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-176
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • HIV-positive
  • MSM
  • bisexual
  • gay
  • over 50
  • religiosity/spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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