Date of Award

Fall 12-21-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Tyrel Starks

Second Advisor

Jeffrey Parsons

Academic Program Adviser

Sandeep Prasada


This study explored relationship arrangements, intimacy expectancies of substance use and the potential role of Eriksonian intimacy development on drug use among gay and bisexual men. Data were collected from 339 partnered gay/bisexual men across the United States. Measures addressed arrangement type, intimacy expectancies, Eriksonian intimacy and drug use.



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