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The Relationship Between Sexual Identity, Behavior, and Attitude Congruence and Psychological Well-Being

Cottrell, Elizabeth and Cohn, Tracy and Tsai, Pei-Chun and Steele, Jenessa (2021) The Relationship Between Sexual Identity, Behavior, and Attitude Congruence and Psychological Well-Being. [Dissertation]

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Abstract

Psychological theory has long held that incongruence between behavior, identity, and attitudes results in psychological distress, while greater congruence between behavior, identity, and values leads to more positive outcomes, such as happiness and better mental health. The current study used aggregated data from the GSS to explore the relationships between sexual identity, behavior, and attitude congruence and psychological well-being. Analyses failed to find significant relationships, possibly due to participant use of dissonance reduction strategies, inadequacy of measures, and the timing of dissonant activities. Future research would benefit from qualitative designs to explore congruence and incongruence more broadly.

Item Type: Dissertation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Radford University > College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences > Department of Psychology
Depositing User: Elizabeth Cottrell
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2021 01:40
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2022 12:45
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/743

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