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A systematic review of qualitative studies capturing the subjective experiences of Gay and Lesbian individuals’ of faith or religious affiliation

Wilkinson, D.J. ORCID: and Johnson, Amy (2020) A systematic review of qualitative studies capturing the subjective experiences of Gay and Lesbian individuals’ of faith or religious affiliation. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 23 (1). pp. 80-95. ISSN 1469-9737

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Individuals identifying as religious tend to report better health and happiness regardless of affiliation, work and family social support or financial status. Evidence suggests that cultural factors are intertwined with these concepts. Exploration of sexual minorities’ experiences has been neglected in previous years. Recently, a body of evidence is developing concerning this population, with theoretical speculation for changes of ‘stressors’ for future generations and implications, particularly, on mental health outcomes. Lesbian and Gay individuals of faith (or spirituality), are susceptible to unique ‘stressors’, whilst others suggest religion can provide a support network providing protective health benefits. This review systematically explores the existing published evidence for the subjective experiences and accounts of LG people of faith. Sexual minority individuals who follow a religion or faith can experience good social support, reducing the risk of negative health outcomes, while for others, potentially serious, negative mental and physical health consequences are experienced (e.g., internalised homophobia, anxiety, rejection and suicidal ideation).

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Mental Health, Religion & Culture on 27 February 2020, available online:

Staff and students at the University of Worcester can access the full-text of the online published article via the official URL. External users should check availability with their local library or Interlibrary Requests Service.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: religion, sexuality, sexual orientation, mental health, IRWRG
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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SWORD Depositor: Prof. Pub Router
Depositing User: Amy Johnson
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2020 10:46
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2023 15:06

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