Understanding Minority Stress and Coping Processes in Latinxs with Minoritized Sexual Identities
Date of Award
Master of Arts in Psychology
Esteban V. Cardemil
Kathleen Palm Reed
In the present study, I explored the minority stress processes that eighteen Latinxs with minoritized sexual identities living in the U.S. experience, as well as ways in which they cope with minority stress given the pervasive nature of the intersecting systems of oppression that shape them. Using an inductive-deductive approach to thematic analysis grounded in a framework that integrated intersectionality and minority stress theory, I identified three themes related to minority stress processes in the experiences that participants recounted in their interviews: a) Rejection from the Latinx and LGBT communities; b) Rejection, ambivalence, and expectations from families; and c) Discrimination in the workplace. Additionally, I identified three themes related to coping processes in their accounts: a) Strategic identity management; b) Seeking and creating social support from their own communities; and c) Contesting prejudice and oppression. Together, these findings illustrate some of the ways in which LMSIs actively cope with the minority stress processes they experience in their quotidian lives, highlighting their agency and resilience in the face of marginalization.
Noyola, Néstor, "Understanding Minority Stress and Coping Processes in Latinxs with Minoritized Sexual Identities" (2018). Psychology. 1.