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Concordance in Reported Love, Trust, and Relationship Quality Among Same-Sex Male Relationships

  • Anna Bratcher (a1), Erin Kahle (a2) (a3), Patrick Sullivan (a1), Marco A. Hidalgo (a4) (a5) (a6), Matthew J. Mimiaga (a7) (a8) (a9) (a10), Rob Garofalo (a6), Dana Pardee (a10), Samuel Hoehnle (a6), Jennie Thai (a6), Ruth Dana (a1) and Rob Stephenson (a3)...

Abstract

This article examines concurrence of self-reported love, trust, and dyadic quality experiences between partners in 293 male couples. Significant yet poor concurrence was observed for all three self-reported relationship measures, but varied by relationship characteristics. Using an actor-partner interdependence model (APIM), actor and partner characteristics were shown to be associated with self-reported relationship concerns, such as satisfaction and intimate partner violence. This knowledge is important in the development and delivery of couples-based health interventions, such as couples HIV testing and counselling, for interventions that respect the unique relationship dynamics of each couple are needed to effectively address dyadic health.

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Address for correspondence: Anna Bratcher, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 1518 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA. Email: annabratcher1@gmail.com

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Concordance in Reported Love, Trust, and Relationship Quality Among Same-Sex Male Relationships

  • Anna Bratcher (a1), Erin Kahle (a2) (a3), Patrick Sullivan (a1), Marco A. Hidalgo (a4) (a5) (a6), Matthew J. Mimiaga (a7) (a8) (a9) (a10), Rob Garofalo (a6), Dana Pardee (a10), Samuel Hoehnle (a6), Jennie Thai (a6), Ruth Dana (a1) and Rob Stephenson (a3)...

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