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Psychological Violence Experienced by Men Who Have Sex With Men in Puducherry, India: A Qualitative Study
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH).
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health. (Internationell kvinno- och mödrahälsovård och migration/Essén)
2013 (English)In: Journal of Homosexuality, ISSN 0091-8369, E-ISSN 1540-3602, Vol. 60, no 11, 1581-1601 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Men who have sex with men are a hidden population in India. This study explores the psychological violence such men are exposed to in Puducherry, India. Eleven in-depth interviews probe experiences of blackmail, discrimination, and rejection. Some informants modified their behaviors or appearances to avoid harassment and safeguard their families' reputations. Others told how Indian men accepted their behaviors, but rejected their identities. Social pressure to marry was also a recurring theme. Understanding the factors behind these violent experiences may facilitate their amelioration.

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2013. Vol. 60, no 11, 1581-1601 p.
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India, male homosexuality, men who have sex with men (MSM), psychological stress, sexual behavior, sexual harassment, violence
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-211778DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2013.824325ISI: 000326306800003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-211778DiVA: diva2:669030
Available from: 2013-12-02 Created: 2013-12-02 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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