Minority Stress among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in the UK: A Service Provider Perspective
Mental health inequalities among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people from lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) communities persist and remain under-researched. This study is the first in the UK to explore, from the perspective of service providers, minority stress experienced by BAME LGB people. Twenty-three participants were interviewed and data were analysed using qualitative thematic analysis. Minority stress theory was utilised to inform the analysis, yielding the following themes: (1) Stress induced by conflicting sociocultural norms, (2) interpersonal inhibitors of coming out, (3) and problematic coping. BAME LGB individuals are exposed to stressors due to their intersecting sexual, gender, religious, and cultural identities. Major psychological stressors include stigmatised identity, expectations of a heterosexual marriage, and maladaptive coping strategies. This study sheds light on the potential steps that can be taken to ensure effective coping responses among BAME LGB people.
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Citation : Rehman, Z., Jaspal, R., and Fish, J. (in Press). Minority Stress among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in the UK: A Service Provider Perspective. Journal of Homosexuality
ISSN : 1540-3602
Research Institute : Institute of Health, Health Policy and Social Care
Peer Reviewed : Yes