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Financial imbalance, minority stress and IPV in male-male couples

Hall, Casey Daniel (2014)
Master's Thesis (62 pages)
Committee Chair / Thesis Adviser: Stephenson, Robert
Committee Members:
Research Fields: Health Sciences, Public Health; Sociology, Individual and Family Studies; Health Sciences, Mental Health
Partnering Agencies: Emory University schools, faculty or affiliated programs
Keywords: minority stress; finance; IPV; MSM; male-male couples; gay; bisexual; conflict; power; exchange theory; social exchange theory; homosexual; qualitative; microeconomics; household economics; social determinants; violence
Program: Rollins School of Public Health, Hubert Department of Global Health
Permanent url: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/g0z1h

Abstract

This study examines how financial imbalance may shape intimate partner violence and sexual risk among male-male couples. It examines how minority stress and social exchange theory may explain the role of financial imbalance in male-male relationships. We conducted a 10-week longitudinal qualitative study with men who have sex with men (MSM) examining relationship perceptions and sexual risk-taking. During a baseline in-depth interview (IDI), participants built a retrospective sexual history timeline. Participants completed three follow-up relationship diaries, which were discussed in a debrief IDI. Verbatim transcripts were analyzed as life-stories and thematically coded. Preliminary results suggest that male same-sex relationships may fall along a spectrum generally falling in one of three categories: dependent relationships, sugar daddy relationships and transactional sex. Participants like financial imbalance to a sense of control and conflict. Results may be used to inform the social exchange theory to better address sexual decision-making in male-male relationships.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents -- Chapter 1: Introduction .............................................................................................................................1 -- Objective and Aims ...................................................................................................................................2 -- Minority Stress and Stigma ........................................................................................................................3 -- Intimate partner violence among MSM ........................................................................................................5 -- Table 1 Reporting of receipt of violence by recall period ................................................................................6 -- Social Exchange Theory and Intra-Household Dynamics of Economics .............................................................7 -- Economics and MSM ................................................................................................................................9 -- Gaps in Literature....................................................................................................................................11 -- Chapter 2: Manuscript..............................................................................................................................13 -- Abstract ................................................................................................................................................16 -- Introduction........................................................................................................................................... 17 -- Analysis .................................................................................................................................................25 -- Discussion ..............................................................................................................................................36 -- Conclusion .............................................................................................................................................42 -- References:.............................................................................................................................................43 -- Chapter 3: Public Health Implications.........................................................................................................49 -- References .............................................................................................................................................53

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