Links between the statuses of gay men in relationships and couple identity a theoretical extension and examination

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Bradley Matheus Van Eeden-Moorefield (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Kay Pasley

Abstract: "Given recent calls for theory development and extension relevant to gay relationships, this study examined the relationships of gay men by testing a mid-range model derived from identity theory (Stryker, 1968) and the extant literature. The model asserted that the extent to which one holds a gay status affects his level of identity commitment which, in turn, affects couple verification. Further, couple verification affects couple identity directly and indirectly through distress and relationship satisfaction. Theoretical extensions of the construct of identity commitment included both personal and symbolic dimensions. Data were collected via an Internet-based survey. The sample consisted of 188 gay men in current relationships of at least 3 months duration and representing 26 states and the District of Columbia; the participation rate was 83%. Overall, the sample was White, well-educated, and middle class. As a preliminary step, a series of exploratory factor analyses were conducted to assess the factor structure of the measures used. Composite scores were created, and data were fit to the model using path analysis. Results demonstrated that the data did not fit the original model. A modified model was then tested and fit the data. The modified model added direct links from identity commitment to both relationship satisfaction and couple identity. Each path in the modified model was significant except for the path between couple verification and distress, and 54% of the variance in couple identity was explained. Suggestions for theory and future research are discussed "--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2005
theory development, gay relationships, gay status, identity commitment, couple verification, relationship satisfaction
Gay male couples--United States
Gay men--Identity

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