Internalized Homophobia and Relationship Quality among Lesbians, Gay guys, and Bisexuals

Internalized Homophobia and Relationship Quality among Lesbians, Gay guys, and Bisexuals

City University of the latest York Graduate Class and University Center

We examined the associations between internalized homophobia, outness, community connectedness, depressive signs, and relationship quality among a diverse community test of 396 lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals. Structural equation models indicated that internalized homophobia ended up being related to greater relationship dilemmas both generally speaking and among combined individuals separate of community and outness connectedness. Depressive signs mediated the relationship between internalized relationship and homophobia issues. This research improves present understandings associated with the relationship between internalized relationship and homophobia quality by differentiating involving the ramifications of the core construct of internalized homophobia as well as its correlates and results. The findings are of help for counselors enthusiastic about interventions and therapy methods to assist LGB individuals deal with internalized relationship and homophobia dilemmas.

Internalized homophobia represents “the homosexual person’s way of negative social attitudes toward the self” (Meyer & Dean, 1998, p. 161) plus in its extreme types, it could resulted in rejection of one’s intimate orientation. Internalized homophobia is further described as a conflict that is intrapsychic experiences of same-sex love or desire and feeling a necessity to be heterosexual (Herek, 2004). Theories of identification development among lesbians, homosexual males, and bisexuals (LGB) declare that internalized homophobia is often skilled along the way of LGB identification development and overcoming homophobia that is internalized important to the growth of a healthier self-concept (Cass, 1979; Fingerhut, Peplau, & Hgavami, 2005; Mayfield, 2001; Rowen & Malcolm, 2002; Troiden, 1979; 1989). Continuer la lecture de « Internalized Homophobia and Relationship Quality among Lesbians, Gay guys, and Bisexuals »