The impact of online social support on life satisfaction for LGB individuals
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Support for LGB sexuality can positively impact their wellbeing (Doty et al., 2010). This research investigated the impact of online social support on life satisfaction for LGB individuals. Participants were recruited online and from a third level Irish institution. An online survey method was used with participants (N= 119), gathering responses on an adapted version of the Social Provisions Scale (Cutrona & Russell, 1984), and Satisfaction with Life Scale (Diener et al., 1985). A One-Way MANOVA and 7 Pearson Correlations were conducted, finding a significant difference between LGB individuals across 4 levels of social support; however, no difference was found between LGB individuals and life satisfaction. A positive relationship was found between life satisfaction and online social support. Strengths of this research included using an online survey with reliable scales, however, there were also limitations, such as unequal group numbers and lack of a self-reported scale. Theoretical and practical implications were outlined, and suggestions for future research were discussed. This thesis adds to psychological literature as it examined a neglected area within research.
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