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Religious affiliation, internalized homophobia, and mental health in lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23039348     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Most religious environments in the United States do not affirm homosexuality. The authors investigated the relationship between exposure to nonaffirming religious environments and internalized homophobia and mental health in a sample of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals (LGBs) in New York City. Guided by minority stress theory, the authors hypothesized that exposure to nonaffirming religious settings would lead to higher internalized homophobia, more depressive symptoms, and less psychological well-being. The authors hypothesized that Black and Latino LGBs would be more likely than White LGBs to participate in nonaffirming religious settings and would therefore have higher internalized homophobia than White LGBs. Participants were 355 LGBs recruited through community-based venue sampling and evenly divided among Black, Latino, and White race or ethnic groups and among age groups within each race or ethnic group, as well as between women and men. Results supported the general hypothesis that nonaffirming religion was associated with higher internalized homophobia. There was no main effect of nonaffirming religion on mental health, an unexpected finding discussed in this article. Latinos, but not Blacks, had higher internalized homophobia than Whites, and as predicted, this was mediated by their greater exposure to nonaffirming religion.
David M Barnes; Ilan H Meyer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of orthopsychiatry     Volume:  82     ISSN:  1939-0025     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Orthopsychiatry     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-08     Completed Date:  2013-03-27     Revised Date:  2014-04-08    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400640     Medline TA:  Am J Orthopsychiatry     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  505-15     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2012 American Orthopsychiatric Association.
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MeSH Terms
Bisexuality / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Depression / epidemiology
Homophobia / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Homosexuality / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Homosexuality, Female / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Homosexuality, Male / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Mental Health / statistics & numerical data*
Middle Aged
New York City / epidemiology
Religion and Psychology*
Religion and Sex*
Self Concept*
Grant Support

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