Date of Award
Master of Science
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.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Toumayan, Amanda Claire, "Weight Intention, Stigmatizing Situations, and Coping Response Among Emerging Adults of Varying Sexual Orientation" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2083.