Title

Bisexual Well-Being: Assessing a Model of Predictors of Psychosocial Well-Being for Bisexual Men

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2019

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Source Publication

Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

Source ISSN

2329-0382

Original Item ID

DOI: 10.1037/sgd0000324

Abstract

Experiences of prejudice, discrimination, internalized homonegativity, and poor social support contribute to an increased risk for psychosocial distress among sexual minority individuals (King et al., 2008; Meyer, 2003). While much is known about factors predicting psychosocial distress in LGB populations, less is known about the factors that predict psychosocial well-being among bisexuals. The present study used structural equation modeling to investigate the effect that minority stress processes (e.g., discrimination, internalized homonegativity) have on positive psychosocial health outcomes (e.g., positive affect, meaning in life) in bisexual men. Additionally, the study’s model examined how positive sexual identity factors and universal protective factors (e.g., social support and resilience) directly affect the psychosocial well-being of bisexual men and mediate the relationship between minority stress processes and well-being. Results of the study showed that social support and resilience had the largest effect on psychosocial well-being, while holding positive views on various aspects of one’s minority sexual identity were not significant predictors of well-being. No mediation effects were observed. Implications of these findings, limitations to the study, and future research directions are discussed. (APA PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)

Comments

Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, Vol. 6, No. 2 (2019): 242-255. DOI.

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