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Mental Health Concerns of Gay and Bisexual Men Seeking Mental Health Services, 2000 [United States] (ICPSR 22121) RSS

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Summary:

This retrospective chart review was conducted on gay and bisexual men who presented for a mental health intake at a health center between January 2000 and June 2000 during which time intake procedures and assessments remained the same. Mental health intakes consisted of one- to three-hour clinical interviews conducted by psychologists and clinical social workers, who determined treatment recommendations and assignments. Current presenting problem(s) and history of them; prior medical, mental health and substance abuse treatment; current symptoms; areas of impaired functioning; and abuse history were included. Because mental health is a key component of overall quality of life, mental health providers who work with MSM can use these data to increase awareness of the types of mental concerns that are most distressing to this population.

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  • These data are freely available.

  • This study is provided by ICPSR. ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for a diverse and expanding social science research community.

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Citation

Safren, Steven, Michael Berg, and Matthew Mimiaga. Mental Health Concerns of Gay and Bisexual Men Seeking Mental Health Services, 2000 [United States]. ICPSR22121-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-06-17. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR22121.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • Fenway Community Health Center

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   anxiety, bisexuality, depression (psychology), emotional states, gay community, gays and lesbians, HIV, homosexuality, mental disorders, mental health, mental health care, mental health services, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychological evaluations, psychological wellbeing

Geographic Coverage:   New England, United States

Time Period:  

  • 2000-01--2000-06

Date of Collection:  

  • 2002-04--2002-12

Unit of Observation:   individual

Universe:   All male individuals aged 18 and older living in 6 New England states who initiated mental health care.

Data Types:   clinical data

Data Collection Notes:

To protect the confidentiality of respondents, all variables that could be used to identify individuals have been collapsed or recoded on the public use files. These modifications should not affect analytic uses of the public use files.

ICD-9 codes were used for the Axis Diagnosis variables.

Methodology

Study Purpose:   To understand the types of mental concerns that are most distressing to the population of men who have sex with men.

Study Design:   A retrospective chart review was conducted on gay and bisexual men who presented for a mental health intake at a health center between January 2000 and June 2000.

Sample:   Searching an electronic medical record system, male patients were identified who presented for a mental health intake at a health center during January 2000 to June 2000.

Mode of Data Collection:   record abstracts

Data Source:

clinical records

Description of Variables:   Current presenting problem(s) and history of them; prior medical, mental health and substance abuse treatment; current symptoms and areas of impaired functioning scales; and abuse history were included.

Presence of Common Scales:   Symptom and functioning scales were used. ICD-9 codes were used to classify mental health diagnosis.

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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