Extracting Dirt From Water: A Strengths-Based Approach to Religion for African American Same-Gender-Loving Men

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Abstract

Religion is one of the most powerful and ubiquitous forces in African American same-gender-loving (SGL) men’s lives. Research indicates that it has both positive and negative influences on the health behaviors and outcomes of this population. This paper presents a review of the literature that examines religion as a risk and protective factor for African American SGL men. A strengths-based approach to religion that aims to utilize its protective qualities and weaken its relation to risk is proposed. Finally, recommendations are presented for the use of a strengths-based approach to religion in clinical work and research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-189
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies

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