The Relationship of Eating Attitudes and High Risk Behaviors in Hispanic Men who have Sex with Men

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/150983
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Presentation
Title:
The Relationship of Eating Attitudes and High Risk Behaviors in Hispanic Men who have Sex with Men
Abstract:
The Relationship of Eating Attitudes and High Risk Behaviors in Hispanic Men who have Sex with Men
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:De Santis, Joseph P., PhD, ARNP, ACRN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Miami
Title:Assistant Professor
Co-Authors:Guillermo J. Prado, PhD; Dennys Martin Layerla, BSN, RN; Susana Barroso, BSN, RN; Michael Sanchez, BSN, RN
[Research Presentation] Purpose: Men who have sex with men (MSM) are disproportionately at risk for HIV/AIDS, depression, and suicide.  Hispanics are additionally at risk for obesity and its negative sequellae.  Thus, the combination of ethnic and sexual minority status renders Hispanic MSM a vulnerable population for multiple negative health outcomes.  The social importance of food and masculinity in Hispanic culture is well-documented, but little is known about the relationship of eating attitudes, mental health and risky behaviors such as alcohol abuse, and unsafe sex in Hispanic MSM.  The purpose of this study was to address this knowledge gap by examining the relationship among this set of health risks behaviors in a community sample of 100  Hispanic MSM. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional research design was used.  The study's sample was recruited from the community-dwelling Hispanic MSM who reside in South Florida. Results:  Nearly one-quarter (23%) of the sample reported suicidal thoughts and 8% attempted suicide.  Over one-half (51%) were overweight or obese, 18% reported alcohol abuse or dependence, and 63%  reported engaging in high risk sexual behavior. Statistically significant relationships were found between problematic eating attitudes and negative body image (r = .402, p < .01), depression, (r = .292, p < .01),  alcohol use (r = .382, p < .01), and high risk sexual behaviors (r = -.256, p < .05).  Conclusion:   The results have implications for healthcare providers and researchers.  Healthcare providers should address psychological health conditions in conjunction with physical health.  Further research is needed to address factors that result in this cluster of health conditions in Hispanic MSM.  Intervention studies developed for this population need to address the shared etiology of the multiple health disparities experienced by members of this population.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Relationship of Eating Attitudes and High Risk Behaviors in Hispanic Men who have Sex with Menen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/150983-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Relationship of Eating Attitudes and High Risk Behaviors in Hispanic Men who have Sex with Men</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">De Santis, Joseph P., PhD, ARNP, ACRN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Miami</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">jdesantis@miami.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Guillermo J. Prado, PhD; Dennys Martin Layerla, BSN, RN; Susana Barroso, BSN, RN; Michael Sanchez, BSN, RN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] Purpose: Men who have sex with men (MSM) are disproportionately at risk for HIV/AIDS, depression, and suicide.&nbsp; Hispanics are additionally at risk for obesity and its negative sequellae.&nbsp; Thus, the combination of ethnic and sexual minority status renders Hispanic MSM a vulnerable population for multiple negative health outcomes.&nbsp; The social importance of food and masculinity in Hispanic culture is well-documented, but little is known about the relationship of eating attitudes, mental health and risky behaviors such as alcohol abuse, and unsafe sex in Hispanic MSM.&nbsp; The&nbsp;purpose of this study was to address this knowledge gap by examining the relationship among this set of health risks behaviors in a community sample of 100 &nbsp;Hispanic MSM. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional research design was used.&nbsp; The study's sample was recruited from the community-dwelling Hispanic MSM who reside in South Florida. Results: &nbsp;Nearly one-quarter (23%) of the sample reported suicidal thoughts and 8% attempted suicide.&nbsp; Over one-half (51%) were overweight or obese, 18% reported alcohol abuse or dependence, and 63%&nbsp; reported engaging in high risk sexual behavior. Statistically significant relationships were found between problematic eating attitudes and negative body image (r = .402, p &lt; .01), depression, (r = .292, p &lt; .01), &nbsp;alcohol use (r = .382, p &lt; .01), and high risk sexual behaviors (r = -.256, p &lt; .05).&nbsp; Conclusion: &nbsp; The results have implications for healthcare providers and researchers.&nbsp; Healthcare providers should address psychological health conditions in conjunction with physical health.&nbsp; Further research is needed to address factors that result in this cluster of health conditions in Hispanic MSM.&nbsp; Intervention studies developed for this population need to address the shared etiology of the multiple health disparities experienced by members of this population.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:48:27Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:48:27Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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