Presentation Title

Fostering Happiness Among Latinx Gay College Men

Faculty Mentor

Alejandro Morales

Start Date

17-11-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 5:00 PM

Location

CREVELING 34

Session

POSTER 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Latinx gay men in college often experience an array of stressors due to the constant exposure with discrimination in relation to their sexual orientation, ethnic/racial background and social economic status. Although many studies have examined Latinx college students and their overall happiness, very few studies have examined the gay population of Latinx college students. Studies within the college community have often focus on individuals in a deficit model this proposed study aims to intersect these identities in terms of happiness. Studies looking into the strengths of this population has yet to be explored. The purpose of this qualitative study is to address this research gap and explore the processes that promote or foster happiness among Latinx gay college men. By learning how these strengths work under certain environments we can better understand and try to foster qualities with others who are in similar situations yet don’t possess the strengths to overcome negative settings. 10 Latinx cisgender gay college men will be targeted. Data will be collected through individual face-to-face interviews with each participant. Interview recordings will be transcribed, and transcripts will be coded using thematic analysis. This approach will allow an emergence of abstract data or theoretical categories that describe the latent patterns within the perspectives of participants. We know that sexual minorities with multiple and intersecting identities such as Latinx gay college men are resilient, spiritual, college educated, and committed to the advancement of communities that have been historically oppressed. Studying the strengths of this population can possibly help develop interventions to increase happiness of those within and beyond the community. The cultural shift focusing on the human strengths of sexual minorities is recent in Psychology. More research is being conducted in understanding the mechanisms that promote happiness from a strengths-based approach.

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Fostering Happiness Among Latinx Gay College Men

CREVELING 34

Latinx gay men in college often experience an array of stressors due to the constant exposure with discrimination in relation to their sexual orientation, ethnic/racial background and social economic status. Although many studies have examined Latinx college students and their overall happiness, very few studies have examined the gay population of Latinx college students. Studies within the college community have often focus on individuals in a deficit model this proposed study aims to intersect these identities in terms of happiness. Studies looking into the strengths of this population has yet to be explored. The purpose of this qualitative study is to address this research gap and explore the processes that promote or foster happiness among Latinx gay college men. By learning how these strengths work under certain environments we can better understand and try to foster qualities with others who are in similar situations yet don’t possess the strengths to overcome negative settings. 10 Latinx cisgender gay college men will be targeted. Data will be collected through individual face-to-face interviews with each participant. Interview recordings will be transcribed, and transcripts will be coded using thematic analysis. This approach will allow an emergence of abstract data or theoretical categories that describe the latent patterns within the perspectives of participants. We know that sexual minorities with multiple and intersecting identities such as Latinx gay college men are resilient, spiritual, college educated, and committed to the advancement of communities that have been historically oppressed. Studying the strengths of this population can possibly help develop interventions to increase happiness of those within and beyond the community. The cultural shift focusing on the human strengths of sexual minorities is recent in Psychology. More research is being conducted in understanding the mechanisms that promote happiness from a strengths-based approach.