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Homelessness as a Determinant of Health Disparities Between Young Gay and Bisexual Males in Chicago

Jaclyn Shea, Douglas Bruce, Jaclyn Shea, Bruce, Douglas, Jaclyn Shea, Douglas Bruce
2015 DePaul Discoveries   unpublished
There is limited research documenting health disparities between gay and bisexual males. This study examined health behaviors and outcomes-substance use, mental health, and homelessness-of young gay and bisexual males in Chicago. Data was from a cross-sectional survey of 180 bisexual and gay males age 16-24. Bivariate results indicate that bisexual males experience higher rates of homelessness, daily marijuana use, depressive symptoms, lifetime gonorrhea and chlamydia. Logistic regression
more » ... ic regression results reveal homelessness was significantly associated with marijuana use, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and depressive symptoms. Research on disparities within sexual minorities and homelessness are needed to better understand pathways.