Mental Health Service Utilization Among Men Who Have Sex With Men Who Are at Risk of Mental Health Problems in Hong Kong: Prevalence and Associated Factors
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AbstractMental health problems are prevalent among men who have sex with men (MSM); however, underutilization of mental health services among MSM with mental health problems has been widely documented. To explore factors associated with mental health service utilization (i.e., having sought help from mental health professionals; and intention to seek mental health services if one were to have mental health problems) among 2 subsamples of MSM who were at risk of mental health problems (Subsample 1: those who scored above the cut-off for probable depression or probable anxiety, or had suicidal ideation; Subsample 2: those self-perceived to have had mental health
problems in the past 12 months) in Hong Kong. A cross-sectional telephone survey was conducted among MSM (N 175 for Subsample 1 and N 143 for Subsample 2). Multivariate logistic regressions showed that factors for having sought help from mental health professionals included disclosure of MSM behavior to all family members and positive attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help for Subsample 1, and positive attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help, ever diagnosed for mental disorders, and enacted stigma for Subsample 2. In
addition, factors associated with intention to seek help from mental health professionals included willingness to disclose MSM behavior to mental health professionals for Subsample 1, and positive attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help for both subsamples. Interventions to promote help seeking for mental health problems among MSM should promote positive attitudes toward seeking psychological help and reduce stigma.
Acceptance Date17/02/2017
All Author(s) ListMo PKH, Lau JTF, Lau MMC, Kim YN
Journal namePsychology of Men and Masculinity
Year2018
Month7
Volume Number19
Issue Number3
Pages392 - 406
ISSN1524-9220
eISSN1939-151X
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsmen who have sex with men, help seeking, mental health problems, mental health services

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