The Experience of Loneliness Among Gay Men in Israel: A Qualitative Study

Golan Kromholz, Adi Barak

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Abstract

The aim of this qualitative study is to explore the experience of loneliness among Israeli gay men in their early and mid-adulthood, ages 30–50 (N = 14). The findings demonstrate three main categories of loneliness that study participants experienced: childhood loneliness as an initial experience of gay identity; loneliness in the context of other gay men, via sexual encounters, friendships, and the use of dating apps; and loneliness in the context of heterosexual society. The findings point to the centrality of the experience of loneliness among Israeli gay men in their mid-adulthood years and emphasize how this loneliness is rooted in socio-cultural and political perceptions concerning hetero-normative as well as gay identities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2784-2805
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume70
Issue number12
Early online date23 May 2022
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Oct 2023

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Keywords

  • Gay men
  • loneliness
  • mental health
  • minority stress

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