A gay life events scale (Gales) for homosexual men

B. Simon Rosser, Michael W. Ross

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This study describes the development, psychometric characteristics and norms of a Gay Life Events Scale (GALES) for homosexual men, standardized in two Western countries. The scale has been developed to determine the stresses of life events, including those related to sexual orientation and AIDS, and to assess the impact of stigmatization on mental and physical health. The scale exhibits high validity when compared with common items in its parent instrument and exhibits cross-cultural stability. Data suggest that the relationship between life events and the emotional distress and life change associated with them is closer in homosexual than in heterosexual men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-101
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 28 1989

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