Implicit internalized homophobia in India: Cognitive and sociodemographic factors

Minaish C. Dhabhar, Anagha S. Deshmukh

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Abstract

Introduction: With societal homophobia decreasing globally, exploring implicit internalized homophobia has become relevant as it is a cognitive and psychological phenomenon. Hence, we explored the relationship between implicit internalized homophobia and psychological inflexibility. Method: Male and female LGB participants (n = 112) were recruited via online groups. Computerized tests were used to measure the variables and the data was analyzed using appropriate tests. Results: While both groups showed positive attitudes toward homosexuality, males had higher implicit internalized homophobia as compared to females. However, there was no significant relationship between implicit internalized homophobia and psychological inflexibility. Conclusion: Our results indicate that certain factors protect and reduce the risk of internalization of bias in the Indian LGB community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-249
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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