Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Dr. Sandra Foster


This research explores the effect of social intimacy on the high risk sexual behavior of African American men who have sex with men. Seventy-three men participated in this study. The Miller Social Intimacy Scale (MSIS) was used to determine the participants' level of social intimacy. Their scores on the MSIS were compared to high risk sexual behaviors.

Although the analysis indicates that there is no statistical relationship between the level of social intimacy and high risk sexual behavior in African American men who have sex with men, the study does indicate some important implications for social work practice, most importantly, the need for future research which continues to look for reasons why African American males continue to engage in high risk sexual behavior in the face of AIDS and other STD's.

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