Major

Psychology

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Graduation

Spring 2019

Abstract

Found families are common within the LGBT community, and many models of LGB identity development include contact with other same-sex attracted individuals, or involvement in the LGBT community as important to identity development. However there has been little research investigating the connection between community involvement and identity development or acceptance. This exploratory study will compare LGB identity, measured with the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Identity Survey, to respondents’ answers to open-ended questions about their LGB community involvement. Open-ended questions will be coded by the researcher using content analysis to find commonalities between responses. Comparisons will look for any relationships between stages of identity development and the life-stage at which participants became involved in the community, as well as the method by which they became involved. Implications of the findings will be discussed at the end of the report.

Research Sponsor

Dr. John Queener

First Reader

Dr. Suzette Speight

Second Reader

Dr. Kathryn Feltey

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