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Creating LGBT+ identities and well-being: A qualitative study

Anderson, Jessica (2018) Creating LGBT+ identities and well-being: A qualitative study. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)


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Subjective well-being is characterised as an important aspect of life. How one feels about themselves is essential when understanding their experiences. Previous literature states that LGBT+ people have lower levels of well-being than their heterosexual, cisgender counterparts. While there are many possible explanations for this, there is a distinct lack in studies exploring positive aspects of LGBT+ identities and wellbeing. This study consisted for semi-structured interviews with six LGBT+ participants, and focused on positive aspects of being LGBT+. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data and four main themes were identified: living authentically, importance of community, families of choice, and negative experiences. Negative experiences included three sub-themes: hiding oneself, homophobic/transphobic abuse, and stigma. The findings support those of past research and allow for further research to build upon in future.

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