An examination of grit in black men who have sex with men and associations with health and social outcomes

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Aims: This study sought to examine the prevalence and correlates of grit in a sample of Black men who have sex with men (BMSM) in Baltimore, Maryland. Methods: A trained research assistant administered the Short-Grit and Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression (CES-D) scales and surveyed participants of a community-based behavioral health intervention for demographic, health, and sexual behaviors. Results: Of 239 participants, two-thirds scored in the high grit category. A greater proportion of men with high grit demonstrated higher educational attainment, were employed in the prior 6 months, reported very good/excellent health, were human immunodeficiency virus-positive, scored < 16 on the CES-D, and had more friends who were gay. After controlling for other variables, high grit was associated with higher odds of having more friends who are gay and lower odds of alcohol use, unemployment, and a high CES-D score. Conclusions: These findings demonstrate that grit could be an important mechanism upon which to focus health and behavioral interventions for BMSM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of community psychology
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Epidemiologic Studies
Health
Depression
Baltimore
Unemployment
Sexual Behavior
Alcohols
Demography
HIV
Research
Sexual Minorities

Keywords

  • Black men who have sex with men
  • depression
  • grit
  • HIV seropositivity
  • men who have sex with men
  • resilience
  • sexual and gender minorities

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  • Social Psychology

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