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Doctor of Philosophy



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Leslie Whitbeck


This dissertation is divided into three papers, investigating the relationship between the three analytical levels of homosexual sexual scripts: cultural scenario scripts, interrelational scripts, and intrapsychic scripts. It was proposed the negative sanctions levelled against homosexuals, prevalent in cultural scenario scripts, affected the interrelational and intrapsychic sexual scripts among homosexuals;In the first paper, the sexual scripts perspective was employed to examine the relationship between family identification and disclosure of homosexual identities among gay and lesbian adolescents. The results indicated family identification detracted from the extent of perceived homosexual-supportive resources and the expression of homosexual identities. Family identification was not significantly related to whether or not gay and lesbian adolescents disclosed their identity to their parents. Supportive resources and expression of homosexual identities did significantly and positively affect the degree of disclosure of homosexual identities;In the second paper, content analysis was employed to probe the scripted differences between heterosexual and homosexual definitions of attractiveness and sensuality, as they relate to schematic and scripted influences. In general, heterosexual females and homosexual males shared similar definitions of attractiveness; however, the two groups did not share similar definitions, or scripts, of sensuality. Lesbians and heterosexual males did not share similarities in the definitions of attractiveness or sensuality;In the third paper, by utilizing the sexual script perspective, a model proposing being "out" increased the probability of physical and sexual discrimination. The extent of discrimination would predict the amount of physical victimization, sexual aggression, and the use of physical violence in gay and lesbian relationships, moderated by high and low self-esteem. Further, the violence incurred in gay and lesbian relationships would detract from the relational stability among gay males and lesbians. In general, the proposed model was supported by the data. Lesbians and gay males, who were "out" were more likely to be discriminated against, although this trend was not significant for gay males with high self-esteem. Discrimination was positively related to using violence, physical victimization, and sexual aggression, although this trend was not significant among lesbians with high self-esteem. Finally, abusive relationships were more likely to be unstable relationships.



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