Predicting Relationship Commitment in Gay Men: Contributions of Vicarious Shame and Internalized Homophobia to the Investment Model

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Abstract

Applying the Investment Model and theory of minority stress to cohabiting gay men, this study used an online survey (N = 232) to investigate contributions of relationship satisfaction, quality of alternatives, investment size, vicarious shame, and internalized homophobia to predict relationship commitment level. Findings indicated satisfaction, investment size, vicarious shame, and internalized homophobia significantly contributed to the prediction of relationship commitment. Internalized homophobia functioned as a suppressor variable in the relationship between vicarious shame and commitment level. Implications for therapy are discussed.

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