Does Internalized Stigma Change the Way That Religiousness Relates to Depression for People with Minoritized Sexualities?
Journal of Homosexuality
Drawing on minority stress and intersectionality theories, we examine whether the relationship between religiousness and depression among people with marginalized sexualities changes as a function of their experience of internalized stigma. Analyses of a sample of 260 people with marginalized sexualities suggested that the relationship between religiousness and depression was moderated by internalized homonegativity. Simple slopes analyses revealed that when people with marginalized sexualities reported higher degrees of internalized homonegativity, the relationship between religiousness and depression was positive. Conversely, when people with marginalized sexualities reported lower degrees of internalized homonegativity, religiousness was negatively related to depression. Dismantling analyses using subscales of the Internalized Homonegativity Inventory suggested that these effects are largely driven by personal homonegativity and participants’ views of the morality of homosexuality. Taken together, these results suggest that religiousness may be positive for people with marginalized sexualities when they experience low degrees of internalized stigma. Further, results suggest that both people with marginalized sexualities’ negative self-views and negative views of people with marginalized sexualities generally may affect the ways in which people with marginalized sexualities experience religiousness, and how it ultimately impacts them psychologically.
G. Tyler Lefevor, Chana Etengoff & Samuel J. Skidmore (2022) Does Internalized Stigma Change the Way that Religiousness Relates to Depression for People with Marginalized Sexualities?, Journal of Homosexuality, DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2022.2092807