ERIC Number: ED362793
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb-14
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Self-Esteem, Splitting, Anxiety, Fear, Depression, Anxiety Sensitivity and Locus of Control as They Relate to the Homosexual Identity Formation Process.
Binks, Sidney Walter, III
This study proposed that before comparisons between homosexuals and heterosexuals on levels of self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and locus of control can be made, one must understand the unique process of homosexual identity formation and how it differs from heterosexual identity formation. Subjects included 231 male and 21 female members (ages 18-61) of Dignity Washington, a large group of gay and lesbian Roman Catholics, and their friends. Measures included questions on demographics and past history of social support, the Homosexual Identity Integration Questionnaire, the Stage Allocation Measure, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, the Splitting Scale-Revised, the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory-Trait, the Anxiety Sensitivity Index, the Beck Depression Inventory-Short Form, the Fear Survey Schedule-II-Revised, and the Internal-External Locus of Control Scale. The findings revealed that for men, the greater the level of homosexual identity integration (HII), the higher their self-esteem; the lower their splitting, anxiety, fear, depression, and anxiety sensitivity; and the greater the odds of their having an internal locus of control. Past history of social support was positively related to level of HII. The best model explaining the most variance in HII included anxiety, past history of social support, and anxiety sensitivity. For women, results found much stronger associations for splitting, fear, depression, and anxiety sensitivity. Locus of control and anxiety were not significant. (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Identifiers: Identity Formation
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, George Washington University.