Integrating life course and minority stress perspectives on gay men's health and identity development

[Speaker] Hammack, Phillip L:1
1:University of California, Santa Cruz (United States of America)

Due to significant historical change in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century related to both health and cultural attitudes toward homosexuality, gay men of distinct birth cohorts may diverge considerably in their identity development and their health experiences, concerns, and decision making processes. We argue that research on gay men's health has not adequately considered the significance of membership in distinct generation-cohorts, and we present a life course and minority stress perspective on gay men's health to address this problem. We identify five generations of gay men alive today and review unique issues related to health and identity development for each. Implications for research, practice, and advocacy on gay men's health and development are discussed.
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