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Sexual Agreements and Intimate Partner Violence among Men Who Have Sex With Men

Pruitt, Kaitlyn Lee (2014)
Master's Thesis (55 pages)
Committee Chair / Thesis Adviser: Stephenson, Robert
Committee Members:
Research Fields: Health Sciences, Public Health
Partnering Agencies: Does not apply (no collaborating organization)
Keywords: IPV; Sexual Agreements; MSM
Program: Rollins School of Public Health, Hubert Department of Global Health
Permanent url: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/g008k

Abstract

In the U.S., HIV continues to disproportionately affect MSM. Research in this area has emphasized the need for the development of behavior interventions for men in same-sex relationships at the individual and dyadic level. One promising area of research that has gained recent attention is within the realm of sexual agreements; however, it is not yet clear how sexual agreements are associated with certain relationship dynamics, most notably the experience of IPV. The purpose of our analysis was to determine whether respondents who report an open agreement or an agreement breakage also report a higher incidence of recent (<12month) IPV compared to respondents who report a monogamous agreement or no agreement breakage after controlling for demographic variables. The results highlight the need for the development of dyadic behavior interventions that address sexual agreements and stress management in order to encourage open communication and mutual respect between male-male partners.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS -- CHAPTER 1: Background and Introduction...1 -- CHAPTER 2: Manuscript...13 -- Abstract...15 -- Introduction...15 -- Methods...20 -- Results...23 -- Discussion...25 -- References...30 -- Table 1. Sample Characteristics, Demographics and Health, N=367...34 -- Table 2. Sample Characteristics: Experience of IPV in the Past 12 Months, N=367...35 -- Table 3. Factors Associated with the Experience of Physical, Sexual, Emotional, or Any IPV in the Past 12 Months, N=367...36 -- CHAPTER 3: Public Health Implication...37 -- REFERENCES...43 --

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