Title

Developing a Measure of Internalized Homophobia/Biphobia: Stage 3

Presenting Author Name/s

Arushi Deshpande, Korena Klimczak

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Miguel Padilla

Presentation Type

Poster

Disciplines

Personality and Social Contexts | Quantitative Psychology | Social Psychology

Description/Abstract

Current research indicates that internalized homophobia is detrimental in sexual minorities (i.e., homo and bisexuals). This occurs when a sexual minority is uncomfortable with their sexual orientation, which impacts physical and mental health. Unfortunately, research has been hindered because of the use of inadequately validated measures of internalized homophobia. The purpose of this research is to develop a measure of internalized homophobia in sexual minorities. Based on the content analysis of the literature and focus groups, new items for measuring internalized homophobia were developed. Preliminary testing of the newly developed items indicates good statistical properties and that minor adjustments are needed. As such, the research will move forward to field testing to finalize the measurement instrument.

Session Title

Poster Session

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Northwest Atrium

Start Date

2-2-2019 8:00 AM

End Date

2-2-2019 12:30 PM

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Developing a Measure of Internalized Homophobia/Biphobia: Stage 3

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Northwest Atrium

Current research indicates that internalized homophobia is detrimental in sexual minorities (i.e., homo and bisexuals). This occurs when a sexual minority is uncomfortable with their sexual orientation, which impacts physical and mental health. Unfortunately, research has been hindered because of the use of inadequately validated measures of internalized homophobia. The purpose of this research is to develop a measure of internalized homophobia in sexual minorities. Based on the content analysis of the literature and focus groups, new items for measuring internalized homophobia were developed. Preliminary testing of the newly developed items indicates good statistical properties and that minor adjustments are needed. As such, the research will move forward to field testing to finalize the measurement instrument.