We examined the associations between internalized homophobia, outness, community connectedness, depressive symptoms, and relationship quality among a diverse community test of 396 lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals. Structural equation models indicated that internalized homophobia had been related to greater relationship dilemmas both generally speaking and among combined individuals independent of community and outness connectedness. Depressive signs mediated the relationship between internalized relationship and homophobia issues. This study improves current understandings for the relationship between internalized relationship and homophobia quality by differentiating amongst the ramifications of the core construct of internalized homophobia and its own correlates and results.
The findings are helpful for counselors thinking about interventions and therapy ways to assist LGB individuals deal with internalized homophobia and relationship issues.
Internalized homophobia represents вЂњthe homosexual personвЂ™s way of negative social attitudes toward the selfвЂќ (Meyer & Dean, 1998, p. 161) plus in its extreme types, it could resulted in rejection of oneвЂ™s intimate orientation. Internalized homophobia is further described as an intrapsychic conflict between experiences of same sex love or desire and experiencing a necessity become heterosexual (Herek, 2004). Theories of identification development among lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals (LGB) declare that internalized homophobia is often skilled along the way of LGB identification development and overcoming internalized homophobia is necessary to the introduction of an excellent self concept (Cass, 1979; Fingerhut, Peplau, & Hgavami, 2005; Mayfield, 2001; Rowen & Malcolm, 2002; Troiden, 1979; 1989). Continue reading