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This study describes baseline socio-demographic, cognitive, psychosocial, and health- and drug-related correlates of depressed mood in 267 stimulant-using homeless G/B young men who entered a study designed to reduce drug use (Authors).

Homeless gay and bisexual (G/B) men are at risk for suicide attemptsand have high risk of depressed mood, defined as elevated level ofdepressive symptoms. This study describes baseline socio-demographic,cognitive, psychosocial, and health- and drug-related correlates ofdepressed mood in 267 stimulant-using homeless G/B young men who entereda study designed to reduce drug use. G/B men without social supportwere 11 times more likely to experience depressed mood than theircounterparts who had support; those who reported severe body pain werealmost six times more likely to report depressed mood than those withoutpain. Other factors that increased risk of depressed mood includedbeing homeless in the last four months, injecting drugs, reporting pooror fair health status, and high levels of internalized homophobia. Thisstudy is one of the first studies to draw a link between painexperienced and depressed mood in homeless young G/B men. Understandingthe correlates of depressed mood among homeless G/B young men can helpservice providers design more targeted treatment plans and provide moreappropriate referrals to ancillary care services (Authors).

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