The Role of Openness to Experience and Sexual Identity Formation in LGB Individuals: Implications for Mental Health

Sara E. Zoeterman, A. Jordan Wright

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Abstract

Openness to experience has been shown to have a positive impact on mental health in the general population, but there is a dearth of information both about why this is the case and on LGB populations in this area. The present article explores the relationship between openness to experience, LGB identity development, and mental health. The results revealed a full mediation model, where the positive impact of openness to experience on mental health is fully mediated by positive LGB identity development. Limitations and implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-353
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume61
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2014

Keywords

  • bisexuality
  • homosexuality
  • identity formation
  • openness to experience
  • personality traits
  • sexual orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

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