Date of Submission
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Robert A. DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP
Petra Kottsieper, PhD, Chairperson
Ellen Mitchell, PsyD
Beverly White, PsyD
This study examined variables associated with the disclosure and concealment of sexual orientation. A non-experimental correlational design with a regression analysis used to test the following hypotheses: 1) The following independent variables, latter stage of identity development, lower internalized homophobia, more perceived social support, higher self-esteem, and lower presence of cognitive distortions will account for a statistically significant amount of the variance in the disclosure of sexual orientation. 2) The following independent variables, earlier stage of identity development, higher internalized homophobia, less perceived social support, low self-esteem, and higher presence of cognitive distortions will account for a statistically significant amount of the variance in the concealment of sexual identity. 3) Of the five independent variables, degree of internalized homophobia will be most predictive of disclosure of sexual identity. 4) Of the five independent variables, degree of internalized homophobia will be most predictive of concealment of sexual identity. Results of the study found stage of identity development to be both predictive of disclosure and concealment. Social support was also found to be predictive with regard to concealment. All other variables were noted as insignificant. Research evaluating factors that impact the disclosure and/or concealment of sexual orientation remains an important area of study. The goal with regard to exploring these factors is to improve the overall psychological well being of gay and lesbian individuals.
Panarello, AnnMarie, "Predictor Variables Associated with Disclosure and Concealment of Sexual Orientation" (2012). PCOM Psychology Dissertations. 203.