Stigma resistance and mental health among sexual minorities in Hong Kong: A moderated mediation model

Muyi NIE

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Abstract

Objective: This study examined among lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) individuals in Hong Kong and investigated how stigma experiences moderates the association between stigma resistance and internalized-stigma and the mental health outcome of sexual minorities. Methods: in total 400 participants who identify themselves as LGB were administered a series of questionnaires measuring their stigma experience, stigma resistance, internalized stigma and mental health including psychological well-being and psychological distress. Results: a moderated mediation analysis showed that internalized stigma partially mediated the association between stigma resistance and psychological well-being; the internalized stigma fully mediated the association between stigma resistance and psychological distress. More importantly, the strength of these two effects did not vary as a function of sexuality-based experienced stigma. Conclusion: these results implied that LGB individuals who involve in resistance against stigmas can enjoy the positive well-being and ward off mental affliction regardless of their past or ongoing experience of discrimination and prejudice. Implication & Application: the finding of the current research enhances the understanding of Minority Stress Theory (Meyer, 2003) and affords the opportunity to mental health professionals to ameliorate and personalize interventions pertinent to sexual minorities and me/O psychologists develop and improve diversity and inclusion initiatives to promote employees’ well-being. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Stigma resistance
  • LGBT mental health
  • Internalized stigma
  • Stigma experience
  • Moderated mediation
  • Theses and Dissertations
  • Thesis (BSocSc(Psy))--The Education University of Hong Kong, 2019.

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