Title

Is Conservative Religiousness Inherently Associated with Poorer Health for Sexual Minorities?

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Religion and Health

Volume

61

Publisher

Springer New York LLC

Publication Date

6-1-2021

First Page

3055

Last Page

3075

Abstract

Results of path analysis involving sexual minority participants (N = 1317) from diverse sociopolitical contexts revealed health outcomes to be associated with internalized homonegativity and the resolution of conflict between religious and sexual minority identities. Contrary to expectations, several markers of religiousness were not directly associated with either improved or worsened health outcomes for depression or anxiety. However, religious activity moderated the influence of internalized homonegativity (IH) on depression such that IH was less strongly related to depression among individuals who frequently attended religious services than among individuals who infrequently attended religious services. These findings have special salience for advancing a more accurate understanding of conservatively religious sexual minorities and directing culturally sensitive research, clinical services, and public policy.

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