Date of Award
Master of Science
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.
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Michelle Leigh Johnston
Johnston, Michelle Leigh, "Predictors of loneliness in gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth" (2008). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 15307.