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Table 2 Original and modified measurement scale items

From: Validation of depressive symptoms, social support, and minority stress scales among gay, bisexual, and other men who have with men (GBMSM) in Nigeria, Africa: a mixed methods approach

Scale Original Item Modified Item
CESD-R My appetite was poor I didn’t have an appetite
I could not shake off the blues I could not change my bad mood (final item)
I could not think straight (other suggested item)
I could not think properly (other suggested item)
I had trouble keeping my mind of what I was doing I had trouble concentrating on what I was doing
I could not get going I lacked motivation
I lost interest in my usual activities I lost interest in my daily activities
I felt fidgety I felt nervous
I wanted to hurt myself I wanted to harm myself
I had a lot of trouble getting to sleep I had trouble sleeping
MSPSS There is a special person who is around when I am in need There is a significant other I can lean on
There is a special person with whom I can share my joys and sorrows There is a significant other who I can share my joys and sorrows with
I get the emotional help and support I need from my family I get the love and support I need from my family
I have a special person who is a real source of comfort to me I have a significant other who is a real source of comfort to me
My friends really try to help me My friends are there for me
I can talk about my problems with my family I can share my problems with my family
I have friends with whom I can share my joys and sorrows I have friends who I can share my joys and sorrows with
There is a special person in my life who cares about my feelings There is a significant other in my life who cares about my feelings
The LGBT Minority Stress Measure
Community Connectedness I feel like I am a part of the GBMSM community I feel like I am a member of the LGBT community
I feel that I could find information and pamphlets on GBMSM issues I feel that I could find information, books, flyers on LGBT issues
I feel that I could find professional services for GBMSM issues if I needed to I feel that I could find friendly services for LGBT issues if I needed to
I feel that I could find a public space that is supportive of GBMSM activities I feel like there is a safe space where LGBT social activities can take place
Internalized Stigma If I was offered the chance to be someone who is not GBMSM, I would accept the opportunity If I could change from being LGBT to straight, I would
I envy people who are not GBMSM. I am jealous of people who are not LGBT
Rejection Anticipation I brace myself to be treated disrespectfully because I am GBMSM I prepare myself to be treated disrespectfully because I am LGBT
Identity Concealment I avoid telling people about certain things in my life that might imply I am GBMSM I avoid telling people about certain things in my life that might make them think I am LGBT
I avoid talking about my romantic life because I do not want others to know I am GBMSM I avoid talking about my love life because I do not want others to know I am LGBT
I do not bring a date to social events because I do not want others to know I am GBMSM I do not bring a date to social gathering/ parties because I do not want others to know I am LGBT
Victimization Events I have been verbally harassed or called names because I am GBMSM I have been called names or insulted because I am LGBT