2022-09Konferenzveröffentlichung DOI: 10.18452/25284
Information marginalization among young adult gay and bisexual men seeking mental healthcare
Research Aims. Gay and bisexual men are underserved in mental health care with disparities in meeting mental healthcare needs compared to straight men. This study seeks to understand the mental health information behaviours and practices of young adult gay and bisexual men. Significance. By examining how information marginalization occurs within this context, we can explore ways that socio-technical processes place young adult gay and bisexual men in information margins. Methods, results, and discussion. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 6 individuals to understand their experiences searching for mental health care. There are similarities to what we already know about information marginalization, including lack of access to information, lack of trustworthy information sources, information being withheld, overload and satisficing, income inequality, and diversity. However, there are also differences such as the way satisficing occurs, secrecy, homophily, and the need to build trust with the provider. Recommendations. Information systems must increase the visibility of relevant information to young gay and bisexual men. Conclusions. This study begins to highlight the similarities and differences within this unique population to the theory of information marginalization and demonstrates its potential transferability.
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Poster, Information Seeking in Context (ISIC), Berlin, September 26 - 29, 2022