Individual and Social Factors Related to Mental Health Concerns Among Bisexual Men in the Midwestern United States

Brian Dodge, Phillip W. Schnarrs, Michael Reece, Omar Martinez, Gabriel Goncalves, David Malebranche, Barbara van der Pol, Ryan Nix, J. Dennis Fortenberry

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Abstract

Research has not yet explored the potential impact of social stress, biphobia and other factors on the mental health of bisexual men. In-depth interviews were conducted with a diverse sample of 75 men who engaged in bisexual behavior within the past 6 months. Interviewers explored potential mental health stressors and supports. Many participants reported personal and social challenges associated with bisexuality, which in turn influenced their mental health. Reported instances of stigma toward bisexuality, from homosexual and heterosexual individuals, affected participants' feelings regarding their own sexualities. Isolation was also commonly reported. Programs are greatly needed that focus on the specific mental health and other concerns voiced by these men. Based on these findings, such programs should emphasize self-acceptance, social network and community building and ways to maximize available social support, similar to community-level empowerment interventions that have shown success among gay-identified men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-245
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Bisexuality
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012

Keywords

  • bisexuality
  • men who have sex with men and women
  • mental health
  • MSMW
  • social support
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies

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    Dodge, B., Schnarrs, P. W., Reece, M., Martinez, O., Goncalves, G., Malebranche, D., van der Pol, B., Nix, R., & Fortenberry, J. D. (2012). Individual and Social Factors Related to Mental Health Concerns Among Bisexual Men in the Midwestern United States. Journal of Bisexuality, 12(2), 223-245. https://doi.org/10.1080/15299716.2012.674862