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Title:Trajectories of commitment and instability across the legalization of same-sex marriage: an examination of the role of heterosexist experiences
Author(s):Rice, Tekisha Monet
Advisor(s):Ogolsky, Brian G.
Contributor(s):Oswald, Ramona F.
Department / Program:Human Dvlpmt & Family Studies
Discipline:Human Dvlpmt & Family Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Relationship commitment
Relationship stability
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer (LGBQ)
Marriage equality
Minority stress
Romantic relationships
Abstract:Almost two full years have passed since the legalization of same-sex marriage in the historical Obergefell v. Hodges case. However, sexual minorities continue to face heterosexism (National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 2016) and the US fails to consistently provide protections for individuals on basis of sexual orientation (Movement Advancement Project, 2017). Based on a sample of 262 LGBQ identifying individuals in same-sex relationships, the current study examined the cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between the frequency and salience of heterosexist experiences and relationship instability and commitment across the legalization of same-sex marriage. Heterosexism stemming from isolation, vigilance, discrimination, and family of origin displayed cross-sectional associations, indicating a cumulatively adverse effect. Longitudinal findings for victimization and vigilance (and cross-sectional findings for vicarious trauma) suggest that the frequency, rather than the salience, of heterosexist events has more implications for relationship commitment and stability. Taken together, these findings indicate that marriage equality may have done little to decrease heterosexism or alleviate the adverse influences of minority stress.
Issue Date:2017-04-27
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Tekisha Rice
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-08-10
Date Deposited:2017-05

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