Stress and relationship quality in same-sex couples

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Abstract

This research focuses on the relationship between sources of minority stress and the quality of same-sex couples' relationships. Interdependence theory and the minority stress model are used to examine actor-partner effects of internalized homophobia, discrimination, and perceived stress on perceptions of relationship quality in same-sex couples. Couples were recruited through web-based solicitations (N = 131). Path analysis and Kenny's (1996) technique for examining interdependent relationships for exchangeable dyad members were used to identify between- and within-couple differences. Internalized homophobia and discrimination were found to impact couple members in unique ways. Higher levels of internalized homophobia and discrimination were predictive of less favorable perceptions of relationship quality. As hypothesized, the impact of perceived discrimination and/or victimization was mediated by perceived stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-99
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006

Keywords

  • Dyadic analysis
  • Gay and lesbian relationships
  • Interdependence theory
  • Minority stress
  • Relationship quality
  • Same-sex relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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