8. Levels of Co-rumination among Same Gender Attracted Females

Audrey Scaer Ball State University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Nilou Lueke Ball State University, Thomas Holtgraves Ball State University
The purpose of this study is to examine co-rumination as it occurs in same-gender attracted women. Co-rumination involves repeatedly discussing personal issues with another person, specifically without emphasis on problem solving (Spendelow, Simonds, & Avery, 2017). Previous research has shown that co-rumination has been associated with a number of negative mental health outcomes, including anxiety and depression (Spendelow, Simonds, & Avery, 2017). However, no research has looked at this concept as it relates to LGBT females. Specifically, it is predicted that same-gender attracted women will have higher levels of co-rumination than heterosexual men and women, especially if they are close to other LGBT identified individuals with whom they can co-ruminate. Additionally, LGBT specific facets will be explored as possible explanations for increased levels of co-rumination, including perceived discrimination, internalized homophobia, and LGBT-specific rumination. Finally, it is predicted that LGBT females who have higher levels of co-rumination will also be higher in levels of anxiety, depression, and other negative mental health outcomes. Participants will be recruited through university student populations, as well as through Midwest LGBT resource centers. They will complete an online 45 minute survey beginning with a demographics section, followed by a number of scales. These will include the Co-Rumination Questionnaire (Rose, 2002), the Revised Internalized Homophobia Scale (Herel, Gillis, & Cogan, 2009), the Heterosexist Harassment, Rejection, and Discrimination Scale (Szymanski, 2006), among others. If these hypotheses are supported, they will have implications for LGBT mental health outcomes and treatment in a way that has not before been explored.
Poster Presentation

When & Where

Irwin Library Lower Level