Self-concept and self-stigma in lesbians and gay men

Brian A. Feinstein, Joanne Davila, Athena Yoneda

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    Abstract

    This study examined the associations among three aspects of self-concept (self-esteem, self-concept clarity and sexual identity confusion), self-stigma and depressive symptoms. Two hundred and eighty eight participants (163 lesbians and 125 gay men) completed an anonymous, online survey. Results indicated that individuals with lower self-esteem, lower self-concept clarity and higher sexual identity confusion reported higher self-stigma. Furthermore, the negative association between self-concept clarity and self-stigma was significant for individuals with lower self-esteem, but not those with higher self-esteem. Finally, the positive association between self-stigma and depressive symptoms was significant for individuals with lower self-esteem, but not those with higher self-esteem, and it was stronger for those with lower sexual identity confusion. The current findings highlight the importance of self-concept in the internalisation of sexual stigma and its sequelae.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)161-177
    Number of pages17
    JournalPsychology and Sexuality
    Volume3
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2012

    Keywords

    • Gay
    • Homophobia
    • Lesbian
    • Self-concept
    • Self-stigma

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Gender Studies
    • Social Psychology
    • Health(social science)
    • Applied Psychology

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