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

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

Abstract

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 issues both generally speaking and among coupled participants separate of outness and community connectedness. Depressive signs mediated the relationship between internalized homophobia and relationship dilemmas. This research improves present understandings of this relationship between internalized relationship and homophobia quality by distinguishing between your ramifications of the core construct of internalized homophobia and its own correlates and results. The findings are of help for counselors interested in interventions and therapy methods to assist LGB individuals cope with internalized homophobia and relationship issues.

Internalized homophobia represents “the homosexual person’s way of negative social attitudes toward the self” (Meyer & Dean, 1998, p. 161) as well as in its extreme types, it may resulted in rejection of one’s orientation that is sexual. Continue reading