Internalized Homophobia Scale

The Internalized Homophobia Scale is an 8-item measure of experiences of internalized homophobia. Internalized homophobia refers to beliefs that oneself deserves or should be stigmatized for being a sexual minority.

High Psychometric Score

ITEMS:

We are interested in how you feel about the following statements. Read each statement carefully and indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements

  1. Sometimes I wish I were not gay.
  2. Most of the time, I am glad to be gay.
  3. Sometimes I think that if I were straight, I would probably be happier.
  4. If there were a pill to make me straight I would take it.
  5. I have tried to stop being attracted to men.
  6. Sometimes I wish I could become more sexually attracted to women.
  7. I feel that being gay is a shortcoming for me.
  8. Sometimes I feel ashamed of my sexual orientation.

Response Options:
Strongly Disagree - 1
Disagree - 2
Agree - 3
Strongly Agree - 4

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Male

AGE RANGE:
Adolescents
Adults

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Scoring Procedures:

A scale score is derived by calculating the mean of the individual items, with higher scores indicating greater internalized homophobia.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Puckett, J. A., Newcomb, M. E., Ryan, D. T., Swann, G., Garofalo, R., & Mustanski, B. (2017). Internalized homophobia and perceived stigma: a validation study of stigma measures in a sample of young men who have sex with men. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 14(1), 1-16.

Pyschometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-Retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

HIGH
Total Score: 5.50/8 Points (HIGH) 

Citation Frequency

Medium

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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