Performance of the Duke Religion Index and the Spiritual Well-Being Scale in Online Samples of Men Who Have Sex with Men

J. Michael Wilkerson, Derek J. Smolensk, Sonya S Brady, B. R. Simon Rosser

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Abstract

Religiosity is associated with behaviors that reduce the risk of HIV/STI infection among general-population and heterosexual-specific samples. Whether this association is similar to homosexual persons is unknown. Measures of religiosity have not been evaluated psychometrically among men who have sex with men (MSM), a population who, because of stigma, experience religiosity differently than heterosexual persons. We assessed the duke religion index and the spiritual well-being in two samples of MSM. Neither instrument produced adequate model fit. To study the association between religiosity and HIV/STI risk behaviors among MSM, scales are needed that measure the religious and spiritual experiences of MSM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)610-621
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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Heterosexuality
Religion
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Risk-Taking
Population
HIV Infections
HIV
Religiosity
Spiritual Well-being
Sexual Minorities
Person
AIDS/HIV

Keywords

  • Gay men
  • HIV prevention
  • Religion
  • Spirituality

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Performance of the Duke Religion Index and the Spiritual Well-Being Scale in Online Samples of Men Who Have Sex with Men. / Wilkerson, J. Michael; Smolensk, Derek J.; Brady, Sonya S; Rosser, B. R. Simon.

In: Journal of Religion and Health, Vol. 52, No. 2, 01.01.2013, p. 610-621.

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