“It’s just a phase”: Identity denial experiences, self-concept clarity, and emotional well-being in bisexual individuals

Alexandra Garr-Schultz*, Wendi Gardner

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Bisexual individuals suffer poorer well-being than their gay and lesbian peers. The current work highlights the identity denial experiences of people who identify as gay, lesbian, and bisexual through self-reports and quantitative measures. Study 1 (N = 130) asked participants about unsupportive experiences during sexual identity disclosure and found that experiences of identity denial were more frequently reported by bisexual individuals compared to gay and lesbian peers. Study 2 (N = 202) examined the distinct relationship of identity denial experiences, above and beyond other prejudiced responses and discrimination, with well-being and self-concept outcomes. Results suggest identity denial is a frequent experience for bisexual individuals and is uniquely associated with lower psychological well-being and a less clear self-concept.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)528-544
Number of pages17
JournalSelf and Identity
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Identity
  • bisexuality
  • identity denial
  • minority mental health
  • sexual minorities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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