Minority stress and life meaning among bisexual adults: The role of religiosity

Emma H. Moscardini, Richard P. Douglass, Sarah E. Conlin, Ryan D. Duffy

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Research has found that bisexual stress is negatively associated with well-being outcomes, but little research has examined ameliorating factors in these links. The current study explored the relation between bisexual stress-specifically heterosexist discrimination, expectations of rejection, and internalized biphobia-and life meaning among 365 bisexual individuals. Additionally, we sought to examine the potential moderating role of religiosity. We used structural equation modeling to test our hypothesized model. Expectations of rejection and internalized biphobia, but not discrimination, had significant negative direct effects on life meaning. However, expectations of rejection and internalized biphobia mediated the discrimination-meaning link such that discrimination had negative indirect effects on meaning through both variables. Last, religiosity moderated the discrimination-life meaning link such that people higher in religiosity experienced reductions in meaning in life because of greater discrimination. Practical implications and directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-203
Number of pages10
JournalPsychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Bisexual
  • Discrimination
  • Life meaning
  • Minority stress
  • Religiosity


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