Date of Graduation

Summer 8-15-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)


School of Nursing and Health Professions




Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

First Advisor

Dr. Michelle Montagno

Second Advisor

Dr. Daniela Dominguez

Third Advisor

Dr. Brent Ferm


Given the social history surrounding the issue of HIV/AIDS in the LGBTQ+ community and the unique and intersectional experiences that Latinx Men who have Sex Men (MSM) have in their community, this dissertation’s research will contribute to the growing work on sexual racism and how it correlates with various elements of behavioral health. The study investigated the moderation impact of Latinx cultural values of caballerismo and familismo on the relationship between experiences sexual racism to mental health symptoms. The study also examined the moderation of caballerismo and familismo and psychological flexibility on the relationship between experiences of sexual racism to sexual risk behavior. Most importantly, the experience of sexual racism was narrowed to when participants had encountered sexual racism while on mobile applications. A cross sectional survey of Latinx MSM between the ages of 18 to 29 were surveyed and their responses were analyzed using multiple linear regressions and moderation analysis. Results indicated that there was a relationship between sexual racism and the outcome measures of mental health symptoms and sexual risk behavior, independently. Though caballerismo, familismo, and psychological flexibility had predictive relationships with the outcome variables, none of these factors demonstrated a statistically significant moderation on the sexual racism to mental health relationship or the sexual racism to sexual risk behavior relationship.