Impact of mental health on perception of relationship satisfaction and quality among female same-sex couples

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Abstract

Using data from both partners in female same-sex couples, individual and dyadic (individual/actor-partner) level analyses were conducted to determine the associations between couple members' global mental health, internalized homophobia, and perceptions of relationship qualities and satisfaction (N = 90). Findings at the dyadic level indicated that an individual's global mental health was uniquely associated with her partner's assessment of relationship satisfaction and qualities, beyond the effects of the individual's own mental health and internalized homophobia. Implications for further research on the strengths and challenges within female same-sex couple relationships are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-283
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Lesbian Studies
Volume10
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 18 2006

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Data analyzed in this paper were collected under grants from the American Psychological Foundation’s Wayne F. Placek Award (Sharon Rostosky, PI) and from the Vice-President for Research at the University of Kentucky.

Keywords

  • Interdependence
  • Internalized homophobia
  • Minority stress
  • Relationship satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies

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