Discrimination, Subjective Wellbeing, and the Role of Gender: A Mediation Model of LGB Minority Stress

Sarah E. Conlin, Richard P. Douglass, Staci Ouch

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The present study examined the link between discrimination and the three components of subjective wellbeing (positive and negative affect and life satisfaction) among a cisgender sample of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults. Specifically, we investigated internalized homonegativity and expectations of rejection as potential mediators of the links between discrimination and subjective wellbeing among a sample of 215 participants. Results from our structural equation model demonstrated a strong, positive direct link between discrimination and negative affect. Discrimination also had small, negative indirect effects on life satisfaction through our two mediators. Interestingly, neither discrimination nor our two mediators were related with positive affect, demonstrating the need for future research to uncover potential buffers of this link. Finally, our model evidenced configural, metric, and scalar invariance, suggesting that our model applies well for both women and men. Practical implications and future directions for research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-259
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 28 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • LGB
  • Minority stress
  • discrimination
  • expectations of rejection
  • internalized homonegativity
  • sexual orientation
  • wellbeing

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  • Journal Article


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