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dc.contributor.advisorBerkel, LaVerne A.
dc.contributor.authorVanMattson, Sarah Beth
dc.date.issued2022
dc.date.submitted2022 Summer
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page, viewed August 23, 2022
dc.descriptionDissertation advisor: LaVerne Berkel
dc.descriptionVita
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 103-129)
dc.descriptionDissertation (Ph.D)--Counseling and Counseling Psychology. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2022
dc.description.abstractThe relationships between distal stressors and mental health are well established within sexual minority populations (e.g., Brewster et al., 2016; Lehavot & Simoni, 2011; Mereish & Poteat, 2015). However, research specifically focused on the unique stressors of bisexual+ people, or nonmonosexual individuals, is still emerging. Individuals’ experiences with monogamy and mixed-orientation relationships represent another aspect of bisexuality that has rarely been explored. The current study used the framework of minority stress theory (Meyer, 2003) to examine the relationships between distal and proximal stressors with psychological outcomes among a sample of bisexual women in monogamous relationships. To this end, binegativity was examined in relation to well-being and psychological distress through the mediating roles of anticipated binegativity, internalized binegativity, and identity uncertainty. In addition, the limited findings that exist on the role of authenticity for bisexual+ individuals suggest that authenticity is of great importance to the wellness of bisexual individuals (Hartman-Linck, 2014; Riggle at al., 2008; Riggle et al., 2017). In response, this study examined authenticity as a possible moderator to the relationships between distal and proximal stressors with mental health outcomes. Results from this study provide greater insight into how bisexual individuals in monogamous relationships experience stress, and its relationship with well-being.
dc.description.tableofcontentsIntroduction -- Manuscript -- References -- Figure A-1: Conceptual Model -- Figure A-2: Minority Stress Model -- Definition of Terms -- Screening Questions -- Information Page -- The Anti-Bisexual Experiences Scale -- Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity Scale -- Bisexual Identity inventory -- Psychological Well-Being Scale -- Hopkins Symptom Checklist-21 -- LGB-Positive Identity Measure -- Demographics Questionnaire
dc.format.extentxi, 151 pages
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/91310
dc.subject.lcshSexual minorities -- Mental health
dc.subject.otherDissertation -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Counseling Psychology
dc.titleRelations Between Binegativity, Proximal Stressors, and Mental Health Outcomes: The Moderating Role of Authenticity
thesis.degree.disciplineCounseling Psychology (UMKC)
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Kansas City
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.namePh.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)


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