Exploring the relationship between gay men’s self-and meta-stereotype endorsement with well-being and self-worth

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Hinton, Jordan D. X., Anderson, Joel R. and Koc, Yasin. (2019) Exploring the relationship between gay men’s self-and meta-stereotype endorsement with well-being and self-worth. Psychology and Sexuality. 10(2), pp. 169 - 182. https://doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2019.1577013
AuthorsHinton, Jordan D. X., Anderson, Joel R. and Koc, Yasin
Abstract

Stereotypes typically have negative impacts on stigmatized minority groups, especially when endorsed by members of that group. This paper examines the prevalence and consequences of stereotype endorsement on well-being within the gay community. Specifically, we explored how gay men’s self-stereotype (i.e., personal beliefs about the stereotypes pertaining to one’s in-group) and meta-stereotype (i.e., believing that out-group members endorse stereotypes pertaining to one’s in-group) endorsement would be related to mental and cognitive well-being. The sample of 253 gay male participants (aged 18–78 years; M = 38.25, SD = 13.51) completed an online questionnaire assessing demographics, self- and meta-stereotype endorsement, mental well-being (depression, anxiety, stress), and cognitive well-being (life satisfaction, self-worth) measures. We found evidence that our sample endorsed both self- and meta-stereotypes, with meta-stereotypes being endorsed more strongly than self-stereotypes. Regression analyses revealed a unique pattern of findings about the consequences of endorsing stereotypes: increases in self-stereotyping predicted decreases in mental well-being, whereas increases in meta-stereotyping predicted decreases in cognitive well-being. Limitations and future directions are discussed.

Keywordsgay men; gay male; meta-stereotypes; stereotype endorsement; well-being; self-worth
Year2019
JournalPsychology and Sexuality
Journal citation10 (2), pp. 169 - 182
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1941-9902
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2019.1577013
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85065313246
Page range169 - 182
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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