Exploring LGBT resilience and moving beyond a deficit-model: findings from a qualitative study in England

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Peel, E., Rivers, I., Tyler, A., Nodin, N. and Perez-Acevedo, C. (2022). Exploring LGBT resilience and moving beyond a deficit-model: findings from a qualitative study in England. Psychology & Sexuality. https://doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2022.2063754
AuthorsPeel, E., Rivers, I., Tyler, A., Nodin, N. and Perez-Acevedo, C.
Abstract

The aim of this study is to critique and extend psychological approaches to resilience by examining retrospective accounts of LGBT people in England who had directly experienced or witnessed events that were salient as significantly negative or traumatic. Pre-screening telephone interviews identified ten individuals who matched inclusion criteria (mean age: 39 years; range 26–62 years) as part of a larger study. Interviews were semi-structured and informed by a literature review undertaken at the start of the study. We identified three themes of that extend the resilience literature for LGBTQ+ people: (1) identifying and foregrounding inherent personal traits – how non-contextual inborn qualities or attributes needed external effort to be recognised and operationalised; (2) describing asymmetric sources of social support and acceptance – the importance of positive environment is unequally available to LGBT people compared to heterosexuals, and uneven within the LGBT group; and (3) blurring distinctions between resilience and coping – experiential approaches to moving beyond distress. We suggest that narratives of resilience in the accounts of LGBT people can inform the development of resilience promotion models for minoritized individuals and support movement away from deficit-focused approaches to health policy.

KeywordsLGBT; resilience; qualitative; promotion; mental health
Year2022
JournalPsychology & Sexuality
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1941-9899
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2022.2063754
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19419899.2022.2063754
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Online10 Apr 2022
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Accepted04 Apr 2022
Deposited12 Apr 2022
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This article reports some of the qualitative findings from the RARE Study of LGBT Mental Health in England: Risk and Resilience Explored.
The audio reading of this article is also available on the link to the print article.

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