Title
Stress-related growth, coming out, and internalized homonegativity in lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth : an examination of stress-related growth within the minority stress model Stress-related growth, coming out, and internalized homonegativity in lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth : an examination of stress-related growth within the minority stress model
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
New York, N.Y. ,
Subject
Psychology
Sociology
Source (journal)
Journal of homosexuality. - New York, N.Y., 1974, currens
Volume/pages
58(2011) :1 , p. 117-137
ISSN
0091-8369
1540-3602
ISI
000286821600006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This study investigates how young lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals deal with coming out and how perceived personal growth may result from that experience. We considered stress-related growth as a mediator between coming-out experiences and internalized homonegativity (IH). Our sample was taken from an online survey and is comprised of 502 LGBs aged 14-30. The social environment's acceptance of an individual's sexual orientation and the individual's social identification influence stress-related growth. Several coming-out indicators influence internalized homonegativity and, although growth perception does not function as a mediator between coming out and internalized homonegativity, it has a direct effect on IH.
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