Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Association between AIDS-Related Stigma & Aggression Toward Gay Men & Lesbians

This study examined whether self-identified race and prior contact with a gay man or lesbian moderate the association between AIDS-related stigma and aggression toward gay men and lesbians when controlling for sexual prejudice. 

A regional, community-recruited sample of 194 heterosexual men (50% Black, 50% White) completed measures of AIDS-related stigma, sexual prejudice, and prior contact with gay men and lesbians. 

Regression analyses showed that AIDS-related stigma was positively associated with aggression toward gay men and lesbians among White men who reported no prior contact, but not among White men who endorsed prior contact and Black men regardless of prior contact. 

Findings suggest that intergroup contact may be a key component to reducing the effects of AIDS-related stigma towards stigmatized groups. Implications for aggression theory and intervention are discussed.

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  • 1Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, Division of Prevention Science, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California.
  • 2Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. 

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