Date of Graduation
College of Education and Human Services
Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling & Counseling Psychology
The present study explored the relationship amongst faith, internalized homophobia, outness, perceived discrimination, and psychological well-being in Black sexual minorities (BSM). BSM participants (N = 211) completed an online survey assessing these variables. The result of this study indicate that faith is not related to internalized homophobia, outness, perceived discrimination, or psychological well-being in BSM individuals. However, internalized homophobia, outness, and perceived discrimination all independently predict psychological well-being. Explicitly, greater reports of internalized homophobia, outness, and perceived discrimination predicted worse psychological well-being in participants. However, the effects of internalized homophobia and outness were no longer present when accounting for perceived discrimination, suggesting the perceived discrimination mediates the relationship between internalized homophobia, outness, and psychological well-being. Exploratory analyses revealed gender differences in psychological well-being, discrimination within the Black community, and outness.
Fanning, Sandra, "The Relationship Amongst Faith, Perceived Discrimination, Sexuality Acceptance, and Psychological Well-Being in Black Sexual Minority Individuals" (2021). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 8319.