Category: Cultural Diversity / Vulnerable Populations
Keywords: Transdiagnostic | L / G / B / T | Trauma
Presentation Type: Symposium
Research that links being bullied with mental and physical health concerns predominates the scholarly literature. This form of peer victimization greatly impacts sexual minority men who have the highest rates of being bullied relative to other gender or sexual orientation groups (Collier, et al., 2013; Pilkington & D’Augelli, 1995). Emerging adult sexual minority men (EASM), i.e., gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men also experience high prevalence of substance abuse and sexual risk taking (increasing risk for HIV and other STIs) adding to health disparities.
We present data from an open pilot conducted in support of the development of a transdiagnostic integrated treatment platform to address the sequelae of health problems linked with a history of being bullied among EASM. The intervention included a comprehensive baseline diagnostic assessment, 10 weekly sessions, and a post-treatment follow-up visit. EASM, ages 18 to 29 (N = 11, Mage = 24 , SD = 2.57; N = 4 Euro American, N = 3 Latino) were recruited from The Fenway Institute (a healthcare, research, and advocacy organization) in Boston, Massachusetts. Inclusion criteria for the study were having a history of being bullied with current bullying-related distress, current illicit substance use (other than alcohol) at least monthly, and current sexual risk behavior. Of the 11 participants that completed a baseline assessment, 9 were enrolled in the open pilot, and 7 completed treatment where a reduction in sexual risk was found.
In addition to presenting pre-post data on the 7 completers, we propose to describe the iterative intervention development process together with challenges that arose before and during the open pilot. An amalgamation of evidence-based CBT approaches were included in the final intervention, e.g., psychoeducation, an impact statement (Cognitive Processing Therapy; Resick, et al., 2014) and the Unified Protocol (Ellard, et al., 2010). In support of the themes of the conference and this symposium, we will also present further data on participant exit interviews, protocol therapist feedback, training activities, funding limitations, and challenges with ethics boards and recruitment.
University of Windsor
Saturday, November 18
10:15 AM – 11:45 AM
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