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Variables impacting depressive symptoms in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Asian and Pacific Islander Americans / Luu, Thang D
Bib ID 7124015
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook [text, microfiche]
Author
Luu, Thang D., author
 
Description Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2011 
212 p. 
ISBN 9781267248015
Summary

Results indicated significant associations between all of the predictor variables and the criterion variable. Bivariate correlation analysis found that those who reported more discrimination experiences, more internalized homophobia, less openness about sexual orientation, more self-alienation, more acceptance of external influence, less authentic living, less wellness, less income, less education, nonprofessional careers, being single, being affiliated with an organized religion, being younger, and being female also reported more depressive symptoms.

The literature that addresses the growing population of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (LGBT APIs) is underdeveloped. The aim of this study is to assess the combined and unique impact of perceived discrimination, internalized homophobia, openness of sexual orientation, authenticity (i.e., self-alienation, acceptance of the self, authentic living), wellness, and various demographic variables (i.e., income level, educational level, occupation, relationship status, religious affiliation, age, gender) on the depressive symptoms of the LGBT API sexual minority group. Using purposive sampling and snowball technique, a total of 662 LGBT API Americans from cities across the United States completed a survey questionnaire.

The statistically significant variables from the bivariate analysis were included in a multiple regression. The results indicated nine (i.e., discrimination, internalized homophobia, self-alienation, acceptance of external influence, wellness, nonprofessional career, religion, age, gender) of the fourteen statistically significant variables interacted to significantly explain 69% of variation in depressive symptoms while a separate logistic regression analysis found five (i.e., discrimination, self-alienation, acceptance of external influence, wellness, gender) of the fourteen statistically significant variables predicted likelihood for depressive symptoms. Implications involving sensitivity by practitioners and counselors to the challenges faced by LGBT APIs, greater outreach and education to help address stigma and discrimination against this population, and working for change to existing discriminatory policies are also discussed.

Notes

Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 73-07(E), Section: A.

English

Subjects Asian American studies.  |  Clinical psychology.  |  Educational sociology.  |  LGBTQ studies.  |  Social work.
Other authors/contributors University of Houston. degree granting institution

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