Effects of Daily Stress on Same-Sex Relationships: Understanding Vulnerabilities Resilience and Dyadic Coping

Project: Research project

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Description

Effects of Daily Stress on Same-Sex Relationships: Understanding Vulnerabilities Resilience and Dyadic Coping Effects of Daily Stress on Same-Sex Relationships: Understanding Vulerabilities, Resilience, and Dyadic Coping There are common external stressors all couples face (e.g., work-stress), but there are also stressors unique to same-sex couples such as harassment (gay-related stress). These gay-related stressors are associated with psychological distress; however, there is a dearth of literature on how gay-related stressors may impact same-sex couples relational functioning and how these couples cope with stressors together. Using the Vulnerability-Stress-Adaptation and Systemic- Transactional models we examine how: (1) enduring vulnerabilities--outness, internalized homophobia--impact experiences of stress, (2) common and gay-related stress impact relational functioning, and (3) coping with stress together (dyadic coping) ameliorates any negative effects. As attitudes towards same-sex couples can be vastly different across the U.S. (influencing exposure to stress), we propose to collect daily diary data from 74 couples in two different regions. Together the PIs have expertise in Family Studies and Counseling Psychology and use an interdisciplinary approach to draw implications for both scholars and practitioners.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date12/1/1311/30/14

Funding

  • National Council on Family Relations: $4,383.00

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