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Lesbian and Bisexual Identity in Multiple Ecological Contexts

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dc.contributor.author Belmonte, Kimberly
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-12T16:12:49Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-12T16:12:49Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-12
dc.identifier.other HQ75.5 .B456 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/52176
dc.description.abstract Although sexual minority individuals are embedded in a series of complex systems—legal, political, cultural, and institutional—little is known about how these diverse contexts affect sexual identity and well-being. Using Bronfenbrenner‘s Ecological Systems Model (1979) as a theoretical framework, the purpose of this study was to better understand how proximal (e.g.,,interpersonal relationships) and distal (e.g.,, policies) environments influence the development of homosexual and bisexual women living in the United States. In this mixed methods study, 367 lesbian and 495 bisexual women completed self-report questionnaires that measured: 1) feelings about sexual orientation; 2) degree of openness; 3) quality of life; and 4) biculturalism. Analyses revealed that lesbian women fared better than bisexual women on all measures. A thematic analysis of open-ended questions identified emergent themes that centered on experiences of inclusion (e.g.,, acceptance) and exclusion (e.g., legalized homophobia). The discussion focuses on similarities and differences within and between groups. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Lesbians - United States - Identity en_US
dc.subject Bisexual women - United States - Identity en_US
dc.subject Identity- Psychology en_US
dc.subject Environmental Psychology en_US
dc.title Lesbian and Bisexual Identity in Multiple Ecological Contexts en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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