ERIC Number: EJ733181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Identity Support, Identity Devaluation, and Well-Being among Lesbians
Beals, Kristin P.; Peplau, Letitia Anne
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v29 n2 p140-148 Jun 2005
This research tested predictions about the association of identity support and identity devaluation with psychological well-being (self-esteem, life satisfaction, and depression). Lesbian women completed baseline surveys (N=42), then provided daily experience reports during a 2-week period (n=38), and completed a 2-month follow-up survey (n=34). Several types of evidence consistently demonstrated the importance of identity support for well-being. Lesbians who reported more identity support scored higher on measures of well-being at initial assessment, during the daily phase of the study, and at the follow-up. Comparable results were found for the negative association between identity devaluation and well-being. Identity measures proved to be significant predictors of lesbians' well-being even after controlling for other types of support and social stress. Both identity support and identity devaluation contributed independently to the prediction of daily self-esteem and life satisfaction. Strengths and limitations of this study are discussed.
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Females, Well Being, Identification, Life Satisfaction, Self Esteem, Depression (Psychology), Measures (Individuals), Predictor Variables
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