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ERIC Number: EJ827074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0167
Internalized Stigma among Sexual Minority Adults: Insights from a Social Psychological Perspective
Herek, Gregory M.; Gillis, J. Roy; Cogan, Jeanine C.
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v56 n1 p32-43 Jan 2009
This article describes a social psychological framework for understanding sexual stigma, and it reports data on sexual minority individuals' stigma-related experiences. The framework distinguishes between stigma's manifestations in society's institutions ("heterosexism") and among individuals. The latter include "enacted sexual stigma" (overt negative actions against sexual minorities, such as hate crimes), "felt sexual stigma" (expectations about the circumstances in which sexual stigma will be enacted), and "internalized sexual stigma" (personal acceptance of sexual stigma as part of one's value system and self-concept). Drawing from previous research on internalized sexual stigma among heterosexuals (i.e., "sexual prejudice"), the article considers possible parallels in how sexual minorities experience internalized sexual stigma (i.e., "self-stigma", or negative attitudes toward the self). Data are presented from a community sample of lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults (N = 2,259) to illustrate the model's utility for generating and testing hypotheses concerning self-stigma. (Contains 8 tables and 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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