WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Discrimination,
harassment and shame experienced by black gay and bisexual men can
contribute to depression and anxiety, a new study says.
University of Michigan researchers used online surveys to ask 54
black gay or bisexual men about depression and anxiety symptoms and
prejudicial incidences in the community and at work.
Anxiety was reported by 33 percent of the men, and depression by
30 percent. Those rates are higher than in the general population,
the study authors noted.
The researchers also found that 95 percent of the men reported
discrimination and harassment at least once within the previous
year, and 11 percent said they experience those problems
Men with higher levels of feelings of shame or disapproval about
their sexual orientation were more likely to feel depressed or
The study was published in the latest issue of the journal
Depression Research and Treatment.
"If we think about a whole pie that represents factors that may cause depression and anxiety among this population, findings suggest that discrimination and internalized homo-negativity make up over 50 percent of the pie," lead author Louis F. Graham, of the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, said in a Center for Advancing Health news release.
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