Global identification predicts gay-male identity integration and wellbeing among Turkish gay men

Koc, Yasin and Vignoles, Vivian (2016) Global identification predicts gay-male identity integration and wellbeing among Turkish gay men. British Journal of Social Psychology, 55 (4). pp. 643-661. ISSN 0144-6665

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Abstract

In most parts of the world, hegemonic masculinity requires men to endorse traditional masculine ideals, one of which is rejection of homosexuality. Wherever hegemonic masculinity favours heterosexuality over homosexuality, gay males may feel under pressure to negotiate their conflicting male gender and gay sexual identities to maintain positive self-perceptions. However, globalisation, as a source of intercultural interaction, might provide a beneficial context for people wishing to create alternative masculinities in the face of hegemonic masculinity. Hence, we tested if global identification would predict higher levels of gay-male identity integration, and indirectly subjective wellbeing, via alternative masculinity representations for gay and male identities. A community sample of 219 gay and bisexual men from Turkey completed the study. Structural equation modelling revealed that global identification positively predicted gay-male identity integration, and indirectly subjective wellbeing; however, alternative masculinity representations did not mediate this relationship. Our findings illustrate how identity categories in different domains can intersect and affect each other in complex ways. Moreover, we discuss mental health and wellbeing implications for gay men living in cultures where they experience high levels of prejudice and stigma.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001 Social psychology
Depositing User: Yasin Koc
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2016 12:05
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2017 12:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/62432
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