Gay Community Involvement : Its Interrelationships and Associations With Internet Use and HIV Risk Behaviors in Swedish Men Who Have Sex With Men

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dc.contributor.author Ross, Michael W.
dc.contributor.author Tikkanen, Ronny
dc.contributor.author Berg, Rigmor C.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-16T10:19:05Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-16T10:19:05Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0091-8369 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/27425
dc.description.abstract We measured aspects of community involvement chosen for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Sweden (gay places, media accessed, Internet, gay festivals, and social engagement, measured as proportion of gay friends) in two Swedish Internet-based samples from 2006 (n=3,202) and 2008 (n=4,715). Data showed low to moderate reliability with a moderate (0.57) alpha coefficient. While there is moderate internal consistency, as might be anticipated from measures of actual community involvement, they can be treated as scales. The Internet scale indicated the lowest reliability, perhaps due to respondents having Internet sites of primary choice, rather than a high level of usage across several sites. A hypothesized lack of correlation between traditional domains of the gay community and the Internet did not appear: correlations between the Internet measure and the other measures were positive and significant, but among the lowest correlations obtained between the community measures, ranging from 0.06 to 0.24. Those who use the Internet extensively are less likely to be involved in other aspects of the community. Sexual risk was associated with high social engagement at sexual meeting sites and with Internet use. Gay community involvement, including the Internet community, may be complex and associated with both increase in HIV sexual risk behaviors (by measuring use of sexual risk sites) and preventive measures (HIV testing). en_US
dc.format.extent 11
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.subject Internet en_US
dc.subject gay community en_US
dc.subject men who have sex with men (MSM) en_US
dc.subject Sweden en_US
dc.subject sexual risk en_US
dc.subject HIV testing en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Gay Community Involvement : Its Interrelationships and Associations With Internet Use and HIV Risk Behaviors in Swedish Men Who Have Sex With Men en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Health and Society
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Social Work (SA)
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/00918369.2013.839916 en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Journal of Homosexuality;2
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 61 en_US
dc.description.authorversion No en_US
dc.identifier.isiid 000329153600006
dc.identifier.pmid 24383861
dc.format.ePage 333
dc.format.sPage 323
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