Self-esteem instability and its implications for HIV prevention among gay men.

  title={Self-esteem instability and its implications for HIV prevention among gay men.},
  author={James I Martin and Jean Knox},
  journal={Health & social work},
  volume={22 4},
This study, using a modified State Self-Esteem Scale (SSES), examined self-esteem instability and its association with risky sexual behavior among 455 gay and bisexual men. A self-administered questionnaire included the SSES and measures of intimacy, loneliness, social support, and ways of coping. Analysis of variance showed that the self-esteem of participants who recently engaged in unprotected anal intercourse with nonprimary partners was more unstable than the self-esteem of participants… CONTINUE READING


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