Advisor

Johnson, Brian

Committee Member

Tian, Lu

Committee Member

Woody, William Douglas

Committee Member

Schaffer, Jay

Department

Applied Psychology and Counselor Education

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

8-2019

Extent

313 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

A growing body of research indicates both potentially positive and negative experiences for sexual minorities with religious/spiritual (R/S) experiences. The current study sought to answer calls for larger samples and quantitative research methods at this intersection of identities by investigating the relationships between sexual minority identity development, religious schemata, R/S struggles, and life satisfaction among a sample of sexual minority adults with R/S experiences (N = 655). Hierarchical regression analyses were conducted to determine the variance explained by sexual identity development factors and religious schemata above and beyond the variance explained by demographic differences when explaining the outcome variables of R/S struggles and life satisfaction. Results showed participants with higher levels of sexual identity exploration and/or higher levels of religious fundamentalism reported higher levels of R/S struggles, whereas those with higher levels of sexual identity integration reported lower levels of R/S struggles. Additionally, participants with higher levels of sexual identity integration reported higher levels of life satisfaction. Interestingly, those with higher levels of religious fundamentalism also reported slightly higher levels of life satisfaction, although this result had a very small effect size and might have minimal practical significance. Age, education level, and relationship status were significant explanatory demographic variables. These results suggested understanding sexual identity development and religious schemata might be important in promoting the well-being of sexual minority individuals with R/S experiences.

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Local Identifiers

Paul_unco_0161D_10706.pdf

Rights Statement

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