Service Provider Perspectives of Minority Stress among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in the UK

Zaqia Rehman, Rusi Jaspal, Julie Fish

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Abstract

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 analyzed using qualitative thematic analysis. Minority stress theory was utilized 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 stigmatized 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2551-2573
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume68
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • ethnicity
  • LGB
  • mental health
  • minority stress
  • service-provider
  • shame
  • sociocultural
  • UK

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