Perceived discrimination and well-being in gay men: The protective role of behavioural identification

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Gay men regularly experience both individual and structural prejudice and discrimination, which have been shown to negatively impact well-being. The current study examined the potentially protective role of behavioural identification, a dimension of group identity, as a mediator of the relationship between perceived discrimination and well-being among gay men. The results revealed that behavioural identification mediated a positive indirect relationship between perceived discrimination and self-esteem, suppressing the negative association between these two variables. A similar pattern of results was obtained for positive affect. Implications of these results with regard to public policies targeting gay men are addressed. © 2012 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-130
JournalPsychology and Sexuality
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • gay men
  • group identification
  • perceived discrimination
  • stigma
  • well-being

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