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Heterosexual Marital Intention: Effects of Internalized Homophobia, Homosexual Identity, Perceived Family Support, and Disclosure Among Chinese Gay and Bisexual Men.

Authors
  • Shi, Xin1
  • Xu, Wenjian1
  • Zheng, Yong1
  • 1 Key Laboratory of Cognition and Personality (Ministry of Education), Southwest University, Chongqing, China. , (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of homosexuality
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
Volume
67
Issue
4
Pages
452–467
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2018.1547558
PMID: 30507292
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The present study explored the factors that influence the likelihood that 217 Chinese gay/bisexual men will engage in heterosexual marriage, focusing on the Chinese cultural context, in which filial duties to marry, have children, and support one's parents in their old age are taken seriously. Data on heterosexual marital intention (HMI) were examined in relation to demographics, internalized homophobia, homosexual identity formation (HIF), perceived family support, and disclosure. We estimated a multinomial logistic regression model for HMI. Internalized homophobia was a predictor for HMI. Lower levels of HIF and disclosure were found in gay/bisexual men who have married or who intend to marry; and the more family support gay/bisexual men perceived, the more likely they were to enter heterosexual marriages. The findings could help to better evaluate and comprehend the factors leading to heterosexual marriages involving Chinese gay/bisexual men. The social implications of this research are also discussed.

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