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Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Gay men’s health and wellbeing
  • Gay men’s body image
  • Psychology of relationships
  • Structure and dynamics of sexual agreements in gay men’s relationships
  • Personality pathology in the general population

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About Warwick Hosking

Dr Warwick Hosking is a Senior Lecturer in psychology in the College of Health & Biomedicine and a Research Fellow in the Institute of Health and Sport (IHES). His general research area is gay men’s health and wellbeing, with a focus on relationships, sexual health, and body image.

He has published a number of research articles about agreements gay men have in their relationships about sex with outside partners, and the factors that influence satisfaction with these agreements. He authored an entry on sexual agreements in gay men’s relationships in The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Issues.

Warwick is currently involved in a new project examining the association between levels of physical activity and mental health among gay men, with a focus on a variety of factors that either enhance or inhibit this association. These factors include body dissatisfaction, motivations for exercise, and experiences of discrimination and victimisation.

Warwick is also currently involved in a large international project comparing the health and wellbeing of young Australian gay men with that of young Chinese gay men, in collaboration with the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University. This project examines a number of aspects of Australian and Chinese gay men’s lives and lifestyles, including:

  • mental health, physical health, and sexual health
  • relationships
  • body image and exercise
  • perceptions of social support and discrimination
  • aspects of gay identity.

 

An additional research interest is personality psychopathology in the general population. The DSM-5 describes several personality disorders that impair psychological, social, and occupational functioning; however, the traits that characterise these disorders can also occur to varying extents within individuals who do not qualify for a formal diagnosis, and can similarly impact on intra- and interpersonal functioning. Warwick is especially interested in narcissistic grandiosity and vulnerability and their relation to self-regulation and mental health.

Qualifications

  • Phd, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne, Australia, 2002

Key publications

Year Citation
2017 Gauci, S., Bruck, D., & Hosking, W. (171001). CHRONIC PAIN IN NARCOLEPSY: INVESTIGATION OF DIFFERENCES IN THOSE WITH AND WITHOUT CATAPLEXY Paper presented at JOURNAL OF SLEEP RESEARCH (pp. 14-14).

doi: 10.1111/jsr.23_12618

2016 Gauci, S., Bruck, D., & Hosking, W. (161001). MIGRAINES, HEADACHES AND DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS IN NARCOLEPSY: INVESTIGATION OF DIFFERENCES IN THOSE WITH AND WITHOUT CATAPLEXY Paper presented at JOURNAL OF SLEEP RESEARCH (pp. 83-83).

Year Citation
2018 Marmara, J., Hosking, W., & Lyons, A. (181101). Body Image Disturbances as Predictors of Reduced Mental Health Among Australian Gay Men: Being in a Relationship Does Not Serve as a Protective Factor. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47(8), (2467-2479).

doi: 10.1007/s10508-018-1208-5

2017 Hosking, W., Lyons, A., & van, der. (170701). The Mental Health Impact of Physical Appearance Concerns in the Context of Other Life Domains Among Australian Gay Men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46(5), (1453-1464).

doi: 10.1007/s10508-016-0791-6

2015 Lyons, A., Hosking, W., & Rozbroj, T. (150101). Rural-Urban Differences in Mental Health, Resilience, Stigma, and Social Support Among Young Australian Gay Men. Journal of Rural Health, 31(1), (89-97).

doi: 10.1111/jrh.12089

2014 Lyons, A., Hosking, W., & Rozbroj, T. (140903). Rural-urban differences in mental health, resilience, stigma, and social support among young australian gay men. Journal of Rural Health,

doi: 10.1111/jrh.12089

2014 Hosking, W. (140101). Australian gay men's satisfaction with sexual agreements: The roles of relationship quality, jealousy, and monogamy attitudes. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43(4), (823-832).

doi: 10.1007/s10508-013-0197-7

2014 Lyons, A., & Hosking, W. (140101). Health Disparities Among Common Subcultural Identities of Young Gay Men: Physical, Mental, and Sexual Health. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43(8), (1621-1635).

doi: 10.1007/s10508-014-0315-1

2014 Lyons, A., & Hosking, W. (140101). Prevalence and correlates of sexual partner concurrency among Australian gay men aged 18-39 years. AIDS and Behavior, 18(4), (801-809).

doi: 10.1007/s10461-013-0613-y

2013 Hosking, W. (131001). Satisfaction with open sexual agreements in Australian gay men's relationships: The role of perceived discrepancies in benefit. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42(7), (1309-1317).

doi: 10.1007/s10508-012-0005-9

Research funding for the past 5 years

Funding details for this researcher are currently unavailable.

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to the following organisations for their support and essential contributions to my research:

  • Institute for Health and Sport

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2008 - Oct 2019
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University
Jan 2012 - Dec 2017
Honorary Visiting Research Fellow
La Trobe University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2008 -
Oct 2019
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University
Jan 2012 -
Dec 2017
Honorary Visiting Research Fellow
La Trobe University

Professional memberships

  • Professional member, Society for Australasian Social Psychologists