Healthy Young Men's Study [Los Angeles County, CA, 2003-2005, Waves 1-5] (ICPSR 35085)

Principal Investigator(s):
Michele D. Kipke, University of Southern California/Children's Hospital Los Angeles

https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35085.v1

Version V1

This data collection has been deaccessioned; it is no longer distributed by ICPSR.

Additional information may be available in Collection Notes.

The Healthy Young Men (HYM) study is intended as a five year longitudinal study of young men who have sex with men in Los Angeles County, California. This collection is comprised of 5 waves: baseline data and data from four follow-up periods that occurred at 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months. Additional waves may have been collected, but are not part of this collection.

ICPSR recoded original responses to variable A1 across all waves to prevent the identification of 3 individuals who identify as Transgender (Male to Female). A response of Transgender (Male to Female) was recoded to Male.

ICPSR performed extensive edits and masking to string variables for purposes of maintaining respondent anonymity. These edits include standard identification variables such as school, place and date of birth, etc. Additionally, numerous variables asked for familial initials and identification of the type of relationship. ICPSR removed all initials across waves, but preserved type of relationship designations and noted the number of initial sets provided. This consideration was taken in hopes of preserving and demonstrating support network strength and/or complexity.

ICPSR preserved "0" responses in quantitative and qualitative variables. It is unclear at this time if some "0" responses are appropriately thought of as invalid and/or "Not Applicable".

ICPSR standardized missing and invalid responses across waves.

HYM

The Healthy Young Men's Study (HYM) is a five-year longitudinal research project of the Community, Health Outcomes and Intervention Research Program (CHOIR) of The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Funded in May 2003 by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (RO1 DA015638), the study utilizes longitudinal quantitative and qualitative research methods with a cohort of young men who have sex with men (YMSM), ages 18 to 24 years, to explore the individual, familial, interpersonal, and community factors that may influence drug use, HIV risk, and mental health.The HYM study seeks to contribute to a fuller understanding of the factors that may affect YMSM's use of alcohol and other substances, risk behavior for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and mental health, including depression and suicidality.

The study focuses on a number of domains that may influence these types of health outcomes among YMSM, including:

  • Individual experiences (e.g., sexual identity and "coming out" experiences, racial/ethnic identity, ethnic community ties, and acculturation);
  • Personality factors (e.g. sensation seeking, proactive coping, and emotion regulation);
  • The family (e.g., family composition and environment, familial support and/or rejection, and "friends as family");
  • Social networks and sexual partners (e.g., number and nature of intimate relationships, size and contact frequency of social networks, and norms and support);
  • Community and social institutions (e.g., engagement with and influence of racial/ethnic community, gay community, religious organizations and leaders, school, workplace, and social service agencies) and;
  • Stressful life events, including rejection, violence, victimization, and discrimination, particularly as they play a role within the four prior domains (i.e., as an individual experience, within families and sexual partners, and in the community).
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Drug Abuse (R01 DA015638)

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    Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

    2003 -- 2005

    2005 -- 2008

    The Healthy Young Men (HYM) study is intended as a five year longitudinal study of young men who have sex with men in Los Angeles County, California. This collection is comprised of 5 waves: baseline data and data from four follow-up periods that occurred at 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months. Additional waves may have been collected, but are not part of this collection.

    ICPSR recoded original responses to variable A1 across all waves to prevent the identification of 3 individuals who identify as Transgender (Male to Female). A response of Transgender (Male to Female) was recoded to Male.

    ICPSR performed extensive edits and masking to string variables for purposes of maintaining respondent anonymity. These edits include standard identification variables such as school, place and date of birth, etc. Additionally, numerous variables asked for familial initials and identification of the type of relationship. ICPSR removed all initials across waves, but preserved type of relationship designations and noted the number of initial sets provided. This consideration was taken in hopes of preserving and demonstrating support network strength and/or complexity.

    ICPSR preserved "0" responses in quantitative and qualitative variables. It is unclear at this time if some "0" responses are appropriately thought of as invalid and/or "Not Applicable".

    ICPSR standardized missing and invalid responses across waves.

    The Healthy Young Men's (HYM) study seeks to contribute to a fuller understanding of the factors that may affect young men who have sex with men's (YMSM) use of alcohol and other substances, risk behavior for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and mental health, including depression and suicidality.

    An audio-computer-assisted survey was administered to a large, ethnically diverse sample of 526 young men who have sex with men (YMSM) (aged 18-24 years) recruited from bars, clubs, and other social venues using a venue-based probability sampling method. Study participants completed an extensive baseline survey and over a 2-year period completed four follow-up surveys at 6-month intervals. The baseline survey was administered in both English and Spanish.

    Researchers used a venue-based sampling methodology used to recruit a large and diverse cohort of young men who have sex with men (YMSM) from public venues in Los Angeles County, California. Venue-based sampling is a multistage probability sampling design that uses standard outreach techniques and standard survey methods to systematically enumerate, sample, and survey hard-to-reach populations.

    Longitudinal

    Young men who have sex with men in Los Angeles County, 2003-2005

    Individual

    survey data

    Across all 5 waves of data collection, the study focuses on a number of domains that may influence these types of health outcomes among young men who have sex with men (YMSM), including:

  • Individual experiences (e.g., sexual identity and "coming out" experiences, racial/ethnic identity, ethnic community ties, and acculturation);
  • Personality factors (e.g. sensation seeking, proactive coping, and emotion regulation);
  • The family (e.g., family composition and environment, familial support and/or rejection, and "friends as family");
  • Social networks and sexual partners (e.g., number and nature of intimate relationships, size and contact frequency of social networks, and norms and support);
  • Community and social institutions (e.g., engagement with and influence of racial/ethnic community, gay community, religious organizations and leaders, school, workplace, and social service agencies) and;
  • Stressful life events, including rejection, violence, victimization, and discrimination, particularly as they play a role within the four prior domains (i.e., as an individual experience, within families and sexual partners, and in the community).
  • 2018-01-08

    2018-01-08

    2018-01-08 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:

    • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
    • Standardized missing values.
    • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.

    There are no weights associated with this study.