Cultural value orientations, internalized homophobia, and accommodation in romantic relationships

S.O. Gaines, M.C. Henderson, M. Kim, S. Gilstrap, J. Yi, C.E. Rusbult, D.P. Hardin, L.A. Gaertner

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    Abstract

    In the present study, we examined the impact of cultural value orientations (i.e., the personally oriented value of individualism, and the socially oriented values of collectivism, familism, romanticism, and spiritualism) on accommodation (i.e., voice and loyalty, rather than exit and neglect, responses to partners' anger or criticism) in heterosexual and gay relationships; and we examined the impact of internalized homophobia (i.e., attitudes toward self, other, and disclosure) on accommodation specifically in gay relationships. A total of 262 heterosexuals (102 men and 162 women) and 857 gays (474 men and 383 women) participated in the present study. Consistent with hypotheses, among heterosexuals and gays, socially oriented values were significantly and positively related to accommodation (whereas the personally oriented value of individualism was unrelated to accommodation); and among gays in particular, internalized homophobia was significantly and negatively related to accommodation. Implications for the study of heterosexual and gay relationships are discussed. © 2005 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)97-117
    Number of pages24
    JournalJournal of Homosexuality
    Volume50
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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