Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Carolyn Cutrona

Second Advisor

David Vogel

Third Advisor

Warren Blumenfeld

Abstract

This study examined predictors of loneliness in a sample of 76 gay, lesbian, or bisexual (GLB) youth living in the Midwest. Participants completed measures to assess levels of gender nonconformity, outness, positive sexual identity, victimization, perceived campus climate, social support from family, social support from GLB peers, GLB community involvement, and loneliness. Results showed that GLB peer support was the strongest predictor of loneliness, with higher levels of support predicting lower levels of loneliness. Family support was a marginally significant predictor of loneliness. Contrary to predictions, no evidence was found that social support or positive sexual identity moderated the effects of victimization or negative campus climate on loneliness. Similarly, contrary to prediction, no evidence was found that the effects of gender nonconformity or outness on loneliness were mediated by victimization or negative campus climate. Implications of this and other findings were discussed, specifically regarding GLB youth living in rural areas.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16539

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Michelle Leigh Johnston

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1453123

OCLC Number

235946907

ISBN

9780549541936

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

72 pages

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