Journal of Homosexuality
Nicola Nardelli, Roberto Baiocco, Annalisa Tanzilli, Vittorio Lingiardi (2019)

Not in the same mental drawer
Internalized sexual stigma, dissociation, and the role of religion in a sample of Italian gay men

Journal of Homosexuality. doi:10.1080/00918369.2019.1591786
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Abstract. Several studies have highlighted the relationship between internalized sexual stigma (ISS) and dissociation. The aim of the present study was to empirically investigate this relationship through a quantitative study. The Measure of Internalized Sexual Stigma for Lesbians and Gay Men (MISS-LG) and the Dissociation Scale (DIS) of the Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI) were administered to 120 Caucasian participants who self-identified as gay men. Findings suggested that dissociative symptomatology, as measured by DIS—an estimation of the use of dissociation as a defense mechanism—was positively associated with MISS general index and all dimensions of MISS, especially the sexuality dimension (ISS-S). Moreover, the effect of the ISS-S on DIS was amplified in Catholic participants, suggesting a moderating role of religiosity. Implications for future research and clinical practice are discussed.

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