|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 5 | Page : 490-494
Psychosocial health and its associated factors among Men who have sex with Men in India: A cross-sectional studyS
B Thirunavukkarasu, Jyoti Khandekar, Mamta Parasha, Balraj Dhiman, Kartikey Yadav
Department of Community Medicine, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India
Background and Aim: MSM in India experience complex and multiple psychosocial challenges. The current study was conducted with an aim to assess the magnitude and predictors of psychosocial health-related problems including MSM registered in targeted intervention centers in Delhi.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 235 MSMs. Burden of psychosocial health issues among MSM including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and partner violence was assessed using semistructured questionnaire. Chi-square test was used to study the association of sociodemographic characteristics and psychosocial issues among the study participants.
Results: The prevalence of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and partner violence was 45.1%, 37.8%, 27.6%, and 8%, respectively. Age (<24 years), education up to middle school, and being single had significant association with depression. Being sex worker as occupation had a significant association with anxiety and intimate partner violence.
Conclusions: The study reveals a significant burden of psychosocial problems and throws light toward broadening the spectrum of health assessment among this vulnerable group.
Department of Community Medicine, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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