Homonegative microaggressions and their impact on LGB individuals: A measure validity study

A. Jordan Wright, Ryan T. Wegner

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Abstract

Three studies were conducted to develop and assess the Homonegative Microaggressions Scale (HMS), a new measure applying Sue et al.'s (2007) taxonomy of microaggressions among racial minorities to sexual minorities. Study 1 assessed content validity through consultation with experts on lesbian, gay, bisexual discrimination and measures of discrimination and a small pilot study. As a result, items were added or reworded (for clarity and reading level), finalizing a measure of 45 items. Study 2 provided evidence of reliability as well as discriminant and convergent validity by comparing the HMS to similar and dissimilar measures. Finally, Study 3 examined criterion-related validity by assessing the relationship between homonegative microaggressions and self-esteem, negative feelings about one's gay identity, and difficulty in the process of developing gay identity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-54
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012

Keywords

  • Cross cultural counseling
  • Homosexuality
  • Minority groups
  • Sexual orientation
  • Victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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