An examination of the validity and reliability of a measure of sexual orientation identity exploration, resolution, and affirmation

Russell B. Toomey, Karla Anhalt, Maura Shramko

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Abstract

The processes of identity exploration and resolution are salient during adolescence and young adulthood, and awareness of sexual orientation identity (SOI), in particular, is heightened in early adolescence. Much of the research on SOI development has focused on identity milestones (e.g., age of awareness and disclosure) or internalized homonegativity, rather than the developmental processes of exploration and resolution. Psychometric properties of the Sexual Orientation Identity Development Scale, which was adapted from a developmentally-informed measure of ethnic-racial identity, were evaluated in a sample of 382 Latina/o sexual minority adolescents and young adults. Results supported the reliability and validity of the adapted measure, as well as measurement equivalence across language (Spanish and English) and development (adolescence and young adulthood).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)488-504
Number of pages17
JournalSelf and Identity
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Confirmatory factor analysis
  • Identity affirmation
  • Identity exploration
  • Identity resolution
  • Sexual orientation

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