LGB identity and eudaimonic well being in midlife

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Abstract

Eudaimonic well being refers to personal growth and having purpose and meaning in life. High levels of eudaimonic well being facilitate a positive life experience. The National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS) data was used to test a model predicting eudaimonic well being as a function of sexual identity. Reporting a lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) identity was associated with lower eudaimonic well-being scores. Results also indicated that perceived daily discrimination, being female, and having less education were associated with lower eudaimonic well being; racial/ethnic minority status was associated with increased eudaimonic well being. These results are discussed in light of recent scholarship on understanding and promoting the well-being of sexual minority individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)786-798
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume56
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2009

Keywords

  • Bisexual
  • Discrimination
  • Gay
  • Human potential
  • Lesbian
  • MIDUS
  • Optimal functioning
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • General Psychology

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