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A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of "The Quest," A Health and Well-Being Intervention for British-Based Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Gay and Bisexual Men.

Authors
  • Williamson, Iain R1
  • Papaloukas, Periklis2
  • Jaspal, Rusi3
  • 1 Applied Psychology, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
  • 2 Psychology, University of Central Lancashire Cyprus, Pyla, Cyprus. , (Cyprus)
  • 3 Vice-Chancellor's Office, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of homosexuality
Publication Date
Jan 28, 2024
Volume
71
Issue
2
Pages
478–497
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2022.2122363
PMID: 36190698
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This article provides an evaluation of a health and well-being workshop-based intervention, "The Quest" for gay and bisexual men from British Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. A quantitative component assessed reported and intended sexual risk, drugs and alcohol use alongside measures of psychological well-being with pre and post-program data collected from 26 men. Fourteen men participated in focus groups that discussed experiences of the intervention. Significant improvements were found on measures of internalized homophobia, self-esteem and self-efficacy but not for health behaviors including safer sex or substance use. Qualitative feedback was generally positive especially around enhanced psychological well-being, identity integration, and enhanced self-awareness. There were some concerns over group size and whether non-BAME gay men were appropriate as facilitators. Theoretically informed, culturally competent interventions can demonstrate significant potential in enhancing the well-being of BAME gay and bisexual men but follow-up data are needed to show longer-term benefits.

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