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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Religious studies