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Concerns about Misidentification as Gay/Lesbian and Fear of Sexual Advances

Title: Concerns about Misidentification as Gay/Lesbian and Fear of Sexual Advances.
Name(s): Cascio, Jessica L., author
Plant, Ashby, professor directing dissertation
Tillman, Kathryn H., university representative
McNulty, James, committee member
Meltzer, Andrea L., committee member
Ganley, Colleen M., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (73 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Social contagion concerns, which are defined as heterosexuals’ fears about being misidentified as gay/lesbian, can lead to avoidant and hostile responses toward gay men/lesbians. I argue that fear of becoming the target of sexual advances from gay men or lesbians, if misidentified, contributes to contagion concerns. I further hypothesized that the overperception of sexual interest from gay/lesbian individuals leads to heightened fears of sexual advances by same-sex gay/lesbian individuals if misidentified. Consistent with these predictions, in two studies fear of sexual advances was identified as a strong, independent predictor of social contagion concerns (Study 1a & 1b). An additional study (Study 2) showed people who are higher in trait contagion concerns thought their gay/lesbian interaction partner displayed more sexual interest in them, compared to those lower in trait contagion concerns. However, contagion concerns did not influence the interpretation of sexual interest from a heterosexual interaction partner. Additionally, when paired with a gay/lesbian partner high trait contagion participants were more concerned about being misidentified as gay/lesbian, more anxious about the upcoming interaction, and more interested in avoiding the interaction. Finally, perceptions of sexual interest and concerns about sexual advances mediated the indirect effect of the partner sexual orientation X contagion concerns interaction on concerns about being misidentified during the interaction. High contagion participants with a gay/lesbian interaction partner perceived more sexual interest from their partner, which was associated with increased fear of sexual advances from their partner, which then predicted increased concerns about being misidentified as gay/lesbian during the interaction.
Identifier: FSU_SUMMER2017_Cascio_fsu_0071E_14060 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: July 12, 2017.
Keywords: Overperceptions, Prejudice/Stereotyping, Sexual Advances, Sexuality/Sexual Orientation, Social Contagion Concerns
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: E. Ashby Plant, Professor Directing Dissertation; Kathryn Tillman, University Representative; James McNulty, Committee Member; Andrea Meltzer, Committee Member; Colleen Ganley, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Social psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Cascio, J. L. (2017). Concerns about Misidentification as Gay/Lesbian and Fear of Sexual Advances. Retrieved from