Relationships of familial sexual stigma and family support with internalized homonegativity among lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals: the mediating effect of self-identity disturbance and moderating effect of gender

Lin, C.-Y., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Pakpour, A.H., Tsai, C.-S. and Yen, C.-F., 2022. Relationships of familial sexual stigma and family support with internalized homonegativity among lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals: the mediating effect of self-identity disturbance and moderating effect of gender. BMC Public Health, 22: 1465.

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Abstract

Background: The mediators of the association between familial attitudes toward sexual orientation and internalized homonegativity among lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals have not been well examined.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey study was carried out to examine the (i) associations of familial sexual stigma and family support with internalized homonegativity among young adult LGB individuals in Taiwan, and (ii) mediating effect of self-identity disturbance and the moderating effect of gender. Self-identified LGB individuals (N = 1000; 50% males and 50% females; mean age = 24.6 years) participated in the study. Familial sexual stigma, family support, self-identity disturbance, and internalized homonegativity were assessed. Structural equation modeling was used to examine relationships between the variables.

Results: The results indicated that familial sexual stigma was directly associated with increased internalized homonegativity, and indirectly associated with increased internalized homonegativity via the mediation of self-identity disturbance among LGB individuals. Family support was indirectly associated with decreased internalized homonegativity via the mediation of low self-identity disturbance. The direct association between family support and internalized homonegativity was only found among lesbian and bisexual women but not among gay and bisexual men.

Conclusions: Program interventions for familial sexual stigma, family support, and self-identity disturbance are warranted to help reduce internalized homonegativity among LGB individuals.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: BMC Public Health
Creators: Lin, C.-Y., Griffiths, M.D., Pakpour, A.H., Tsai, C.-S. and Yen, C.-F.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: December 2022
Volume: 22
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10.1186/s12889-022-13815-4DOI
1578803Other
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 02 Aug 2022 09:01
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2022 09:01
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/46802

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