Date of Award
Open Access Dissertation
Educational Leadership and Policies
The purpose of this study was to develop a foundational understanding of how women and ethnic minority men come to espouse a lesbian, gay, or bisexual identity in an effort to develop a coherent theory. While stage models of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identity currently exist, their validity with the female and ethnic minority male populations was called into question. A grounded theory approach was used with participants from the southeastern United States who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Three main patterns emerged: Recognition and Progression of Identity Endorsement; Barriers to Identity Endorsement; and Rejection of Categorical Labels.
The results of this study will add to the current body of knowledge as it relates to sexual identity development and the differential developmental trajectories that women and ethnic minority men take in forming a lesbian, gay or bisexual identity.
Troutman, O. A.(2014). EXPLORING THE VALIDITY OF ESTABLISHED LESBIAN, GAY, AND BISEXUAL STAGE MODELS OF SEXUAL IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT: A GROUNDED THEORY STUDY OF WOMEN AND ETHNIC MINORITY MEN.. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/2900