Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches and Lectures


A Comparative Effectiveness Trial of Two Versions of Peer-‎Delivered Motivational Interviewing in Sexual and Gender ‎Minority Male Sexual Abuse Survivors

Event Title

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) 37th Annual Meeting

Event Location


Document Type


Presentation Date


Date Range

2021-11-02 to 2021-11-05


One in six men are sexually abused before their 18th birthday, and this number rises to one in four men who are sexually abused across their lifespan. Rates of sexual abuse and assault are even higher in sexual and gender minority masculine-identifying (SGM) individuals as are their rates of subsequent mental health disorders. Increasing SGM sexual abuse survivors' formal entry into mental health services may address an important health disparity by alleviating psychiatric distress and increasing quality of life. Our research team tailored an evidence-based psychological treatment, motivational interviewing (MI) with trauma-informed, SGM affirmative care to encourage formal engagement in mental health treatment. In June 2021, we will finish a randomized controlled trial (n=344) to determine the comparative effectiveness of MI versus MI with trauma-informed sexual minority affirmative care delivered by peers in online groups. A total of 1,499 individuals completed the online screen. Of those, 601 participated in a more in-depth subsequent phone screen. Of those, 325 completed the baseline surveys, and 278 were randomized to one of two conditions. Data on primary (i.e., depression and engagement in formal mental health services) and secondary (posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, quality of life) outcomes will be presented.