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J Homosex. 2009;56(8):1011-29. doi: 10.1080/00918360903275419.

Sexual identity development and self-esteem as predictors of body image in a racially diverse sample of gay men.

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Division of Counseling Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA. doctorudallweiner@yahoo.com

Abstract

The current study examined the relationship between sexual identity development and body image, as well as the potential mediating effect of self-esteem, in a community sample of gay men. A diverse group of participants (N = 172), recruited through listservs and flyers, completed an online survey. Regression analyses were conducted to assess the relationships between identity development and self-esteem, identity development and body image, self-esteem and body image, and the mediating role of self-esteem. As predicted, significant relationships were identified between each pair of variables, and self-esteem was found to be a mediator when the sample was considered as a whole. When participants of color were compared to those who were White, however, between-group differences emerged; identity stage did not predict self-esteem or body image for participants of color, nor did the mediated relationship exist. Self-esteem did predict body image in both groups. The sociocultural context of these findings is considered.

PMID:
19882424
DOI:
10.1080/00918360903275419
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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