Bipositive Events & Psychological Outcomes
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Researcher bios and how their research backgrounds relate to this study
Carolina (they/them) is a graduate student in Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan, under the supervision of Dr. Todd Morrison. They are interested in positive bisexual identity and its associations to resilience and positive outcomes. They have extensive academic and work involvement with the queer community, as well as lived experience as a bisexual person.
Dr. Todd G. Morrison is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. His research interests include sexual diversity studies, body image, psychometrics, and gay male pornography. In recognition of his work in gay/lesbian psychology, Todd was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association in 2016.
Purpose of this research project
The purpose of this research is to examine what moderating effects gender has on the experiences of bipositive events (also known as bisexual microaffirmations, referring to events that affirm or validate bisexual identity) and their relationships to depression, anxiety, positive identity, and proximal stressors. Some studies have examined the effects of bipositive events in reducing stress, anxiety and depression by reducing proximal stressors and increasing positive bisexual identity. However, researchers conducted these studies using women as participants or omitting gender analyses. Given that the experiences of bisexual men and women differ based on gender, this study will elucidate whether gender has a moderating effect on bipositive experiences and their correlates.
How this research will help LGBT2SQ people and communities
This research will elucidate the important role that positive, affirming experiences have in building bisexual+ resilience. In contrast to the vast majority of the literature in bisexual studies, which focuses on negative outcomes, this research allows bisexual+ individuals to highlight the ways in which they build positive identities throughout their lives.
Participants must be 18-35 years old and feel that the term bisexual (defined as "romantic and/or sexual attraction to more than one sex/gender) applies to them, regardless of which label they use regularly.
Entry into a draw for 1 of 5 $50 Amazon gift cards.
As this is a minimum-risk study, no distress is anticipated.
Promoting the Study
The study is being promoted through postings on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit), as well as through communication with 2SLGBTQ+ organizations across Canada.