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Thursday, June 18 • 5:15pm - 7:45pm
Fostering Resilience Among Gay And Bisexual Boys: Risk And Protective Factors For HIV Risk Behaviours

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Abstract #322
Fostering Resilience Among Gay and Bisexual Boys: Risk and Protective Factors for HIV Risk Behaviours
Presenter: Elizabeth Saewyc Co - Presenters: Yuko Homma, Jacqueline Gahagan, Dominic Beaulieu-Prévost, Gilbert Emond  
Abstract:
Gay and bisexual (GB) men are severely affected by HIV. Although the HIV rate is low among adolescents, GB boys are at higher risk for behaviours that can lead to HIV vs. heterosexual boys. We examined risk and protective factors for HIV risk behaviours among GB boys in British Columbia using the 2008 BC Adolescent Health Survey. The sample was 279 self-identified GB boys. HIV risk index scores were computed by summing eight items (e.g., unprotected intercourse, injected drug use). Examples of risk factors included violence exposure, sexual orientation-based discrimination, and history of government care. Protective factors were family connectedness, school connectedness, peer attitudes towards risk behaviours, and weekly involvement in extracurricular activities. We also tested whether a protective factor moderated the effect of risk factors on HIV risk behaviours. Multiple linear regression models identified violence exposure, discrimination, and ever being in government care as risk factors, and school connectedness and peer anti-risk attitudes as protective factors. We found moderation effects; for example, stronger school connectedness decreased HIV risk particularly among GB boys with sexual violence histories. Developing supportive school environments and promoting healthy peer norms about risk behaviours may foster resilience among GB boys even in face of stigma.

Presenters
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Elizabeth Saewyc

A Professor of Nursing and Adolescent Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Dr. Saewyc heads the interdisciplinary Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre. She is a Fellow in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Her research and clinical practice primarily focus on how stigma, violence, and trauma influence young people’s health, coping, and behaviour, and... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Dominic Beaulieu-Prévost

Assistant Professor at Department Sexologie, Université du Québec à Montréal | Dominic is a co-author, not a co-presenter, he will not be attending the conference. If you need a bio for him, please let me know, and I will submit it.
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Gilbert Emond

Associate Professor at Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University
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Jacqueline Gahagan

Professor/Director at Gender and Health Promotion Studies Unit, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University | Jacqueline Gahagan is a Full Professor of Health Promotion, the Director of the Gender and Health Promotion Studies unit and Head of the Health Promotion Division in the School of Health and Human Performance in the Faculty of Health Professions at Dalhou
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Yuko Homma

Postdoctoral Fellow at Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia


Thursday June 18, 2015 5:15pm - 7:45pm
King's Gym Gymnasium, King's College

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