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Fisher, Leslie

Subject Headings

Internalized homophobia, Self-injurious behavior, Homophobia -- Psychological aspects, Gay men -- Psychology, Lesbians -- Psychology, Bisexuals -- Psychology, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Self Harm, Internal Homonegativity


The Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) population has been shown to have higher rates of self-harm behaviors but specific interventions have not been implemented to address this discrepancy. In effort to find aspects that are related to self-harm in the LGB population, this study looks at the relationship between Internal Homonegativity, the internal shame and guilty felt for identifying as non-heterosexual, and self-harm behaviors. A sample of 983 individuals identifying as LGB were recruited through a Facebook advertisement to take an online survey. A significant and positive relationship was found between Internal Homonegativity and self-harm behaviors. Possible limitations of the study and prospects for future research are discussed

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