Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

6570

Date

2020

Date of Award

6-24-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Psychology

Committee Chair

Idia Thurston

Committee Member

Tracy Hipp

Committee Member

Jason Braasch

Abstract

Weight stigma has been show to influence an individual's perception of and intention to change their weight regardless of objective body mass. Sexual minority individuals are more likely to experience negative health consequences associated with stigma related to their weight status, in addition to their sexuality, regardless of objective weight. While the relationship between weight intention, stigma, and coping has been examined, limited literature examines how this varies by sexuality. The present study assessed 574 emerging adults of varying sexual orientation who completed validated measures including the Stigmatizing Situations Inventory, Coping Response Inventory, and a one-item assessment of weight intention. Results suggest no significant association between sexual orientation and weight intention (p > .05). Sexual orientation was not associated with the frequency of experiencing weight stigma (p > .05), but did show association with type of coping used, including greater use of therapy (p < .000). Findings suggest the need for tailored supports for individuals of varying sexualities experiencing weight stigma.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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