Saturday, August 21, 2010

Internalized Homophobia and Relationship Quality Among Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals - David M. Frost and Ilan H. Meyer - 2009

Journal of Counseling Psychology
2009, Vol. 56, No. 1, 97–109

David M. Frost
City University of New York

Ilan H. Meyer
Columbia University

The authors examined the associations between internalized homophobia, outness, community connectedness, depressive symptoms, and relationship quality among a diverse community sample of 396 lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals. Structural equation models showed that internalized homophobia was associated with greater relationship problems both generally and among coupled participants independent of outness and community connectedness. Depressive symptoms mediated the association between internalized homophobia and relationship problems. This study improves present understandings of the association between internalized homophobia and relationship quality by distinguishing between the effects of the core construct of internalized homophobia and its correlates and outcomes. The findings are useful for counselors interested in interventions and treatment approaches to help LGB individuals cope with internalized homophobia and relationship problems.
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