Minority Stress in Same-Sex Male Relationships: When Does It Impact Relationship Satisfaction?

Charles Kamen*, Michelle Burns, Steven R.H. Beach

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The minority stress model (Meyer, 2003) has been proposed to explain higher rates of psychopathology in lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. However, studies of minority stress have rarely taken into account the interface between minority stress and same-sex relationship processes. In the current study, 142 gay men in romantic relationships completed an online survey assessing minority stress constructs, relationship features, and relationship satisfaction. Minority stress was not directly related to relationship satisfaction, while commitment, trust, and support from one's partner were related to relationship satisfaction. Significant moderation effects emerged between discrimination and trust and between internalized heterosexism and commitment, indicating that trust was related to satisfaction for those who had experienced frequent discrimination, while commitment was related to satisfaction for those low in internalized heterosexism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1372-1390
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • couples
  • discrimination
  • gay men
  • minority stress
  • relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)


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