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Generational Impact on Self-Group Distancing Among the LGBTQ+ Community




Shepard, Marion

Type of Degree

Master's Thesis


Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work


The purpose of this study is to analyze how generational membership impacts the presence and frequency of self-group distancing attitudes, behaviors, and cognitive patterns among members of the LGBTQ+ community. After bivariate testing and multivariate regression analysis of data from the “Generations: A Study of Life and Health of LGB People in a Changing Society United States, 2016-2018" (Meyer, 2023) survey, a couple communities within the LGBTQ+ population showed statistical significance in certain aspects of self-group distancing. Specifically, the White Lesbian and White Bisexual populations returned a statistical impact of generational cohort membership on self-group distancing behaviors and a feeling of community connectedness. Additionally, the White Gay community showed statistical significance in generational membership impact on self-group distancing cognitive patterns in the form of internalized homophobia. Across all communities, however, there was no substantive significance that showed a demonstrable effect of generational membership on overall self-group distancing. Considering this evidence, it appears that generational membership is not as important as a person’s social environment and perceived potential for discrimination to occur. Therefore, the best intervention to mitigate self-group distancing from occurring is to facilitate an inclusive environment where the potential for discrimination or prejudice is either low or communally known to be met with a swift response.