The Social Psychology of Gay Men

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This book focuses on the social psychological aspects of gay men’s lives and provides a cutting-edge examination of topics including sexual orientation, sexual behavior, identity, relationships, prejudice, and health. The Social Psychology of Gay Men forces us to re-think existing theory and research, much of which has taken heterosexuality for granted. With identity process theory at its heart, this book advocates a social psychology of gay men which incorporates three levels of analysis – the psychological, interpersonal and societal. The book promises not only a deeper understanding of gay men’s lives but also pathways for enhancing wellbeing, intergroup relations and equality in this key population. This illuminating and thought-provoking text is an invaluable resource not only for psychologists, but for students, scholars and practitioners working in the area of gay men’s life.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Pivot
Number of pages186
ISBN (Electronic)9783030270575
ISBN (Print)9783030270599
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • sexual identity
  • sexual orientation
  • homosexual men
  • gay men
  • male sexual behaviour
  • gay identity
  • social identification
  • Chronic identity threat
  • gay history
  • social representations theory
  • psychoanalysis
  • gender studies
  • 'coming out'
  • non-monogamy theory
  • homosexuality and religion
  • Stigmatised Sexual Behaviours
  • sexual behaviour


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