Openness about sexual orientation and health care-seeking behaviors among Gay men and lesbians

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1999-12

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Cottrell, Damon

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A non-experimental correlational design was used in this research to evaluate the degree of openness about sexual orientation and health care-seeking behaviors among gay men and lesbians. The study utilized three researcher-developed instruments: the Demographic Data Form, the Openness About Sexual Orientation Questionnaire, and the Health Care-seeking Behaviors Questionnaire. Descriptive statistics and the Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient were utilized to examine the demographic data and to test the study hypothesis.

A pilot study (n = 36) revealed no significant relationship between openness about sexual orientation and health care-seeking behaviors among gay men and lesbians (r = .015, p = .93, n = 36). The sample for the larger study ( N = 82) consisted of gay men (n = 48) and lesbians (n = 34) from a large metropolitan area in the southwestern United States. The respondents were moderately open about their sexual orientation and their willingness to seek health care. However, no significant correlation was found between the variables (r = −.045, p = .69, N = 82).

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