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Minority Stress and Mental Health in Italian Bisexual People

Department of Neuroscience, Reproductive Sciences and Dentistry, University of Naples Federico II, 80131 Napoli, Italy
SInAPSi Center, University of Naples Federico II, 80133 Napoli, Italy
Department of Humanities, University of Calabria, 87036 Rende, Italy
Department of Humanities, University of Naples Federico II, 80133 Napoli, Italy
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Soc. Sci. 2020, 9(4), 46;
Received: 24 February 2020 / Revised: 6 March 2020 / Accepted: 4 April 2020 / Published: 9 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Gender Studies)
Bisexual people are a strongly stigmatized population experiencing health disparities caused by social stigmatization. The predominant framework helping to understand these health disparities and the impact of stigma on mental health of social groups belonging to a sexual minority identity constitutes the minority stress theory. In Italy, studies assessing this model in bisexual populations are very limited. Within this framework, the current study aimed at assessing in 381 Italian bisexual individuals (62 men and 319 women) the effects of anti-bisexual discrimination, proximal stressors (i.e., anticipated binegativity, internalized binegativity, and outness), and resilience on psychological distress. The results suggested that only anti-bisexual discrimination and internalized binegativity were positively associated with psychological distress, and that resilience was negatively associated with mental health issues. Furthermore, the results suggested that internalized binegativity mediated the relationship between anti-bisexual discrimination and mental health problems. No moderating effect of resilience was found. This is the first study to have thoroughly applied minority stress in Italian bisexual people, providing Italian clinicians and researchers with an outline of the associations between minority stress, stigma, resilience, and psychological distress within this population. View Full-Text
Keywords: minority stress; stigma; bisexual; resilience; mental health minority stress; stigma; bisexual; resilience; mental health
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Scandurra, C.; Pennasilico, A.; Esposito, C.; Mezza, F.; Vitelli, R.; Bochicchio, V.; Maldonato, N.M.; Amodeo, A.L. Minority Stress and Mental Health in Italian Bisexual People. Soc. Sci. 2020, 9, 46.

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