Well-being and internalized homophobia in a sample of lesbians and gays in the Region Friuli Venzia Giulia  

Flebus G. B., Bottino M.
First author's affiliation: Università di Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy

The Multifactor Internalized Homophobia Inventory (MIHI, Flebus & Montano, 2003) was used to measure internalized homophobia in a large sample of gays and lesbians living in the Friuli Venezia Giulia. The MIHI is made up of six scales which tap different aspects of internalized homophobia: (1) fear of coming out; (2) regret for sexual orientation; (3) counter-prejudicial attitude; (4) homosexual marriage; (5) homosexual parenthood; (6) stereotype of gays/lesbians. The anonymous questionnaire, distributed in either paper and electronic format, comprised also a short scale derived by Ryff's model of well-being, the Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale and a new scale, aimed to measure the impact of sexual orientation on life events. Other biographical data (such as age, gender, sexual orientation, family status, education) were used to better analyse and understand the answers. The connections of well-being, self esteem and internalized homophobia are presented in the results.