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dc.contributor.advisorHammer, Tonya R.
dc.contributor.authorSchneider, Brent William
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-20T19:25:38Z
dc.date.available2019-03-20T19:25:38Z
dc.date.issued2018-07-01
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11244/317645
dc.description.abstractCognitive complexity is defined as a multidimensional way of looking at people and the world. Previous qualitative research has examined cognitive complexity in sexual minority individuals, suggesting that sexual minority individuals possess higher levels of cognitive complexity due to the activities and emotional events involved in their identity formation process. This assertion, however, has not been subjected to quantitative methodology in a sample other than self-identified lesbian participants. Using Mechanical Turk to recruit participants, 198 individuals were administered a demographics questionnaire, the Role Category Questionnaire, and the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Positive Identity Measure or the Transgender Positive Identity Measure. Analyses reveal that belonging to an ethnic minority group decreases cognitive complexity. Additionally, indicating higher levels of community was also shown to decrease cognitive complexity, but having higher levels of social justice increased cognitive complexity. These findings suggest that groupthink may be a factor that serves to decrease cognitive complexity due to insulating individuals from examining alternatives or outside opinions of issues. Finally, clinical implications are suggested for counselors working with sexual minority individuals followed by limitations of the study and future directions for continued research on cognitive complexity in sexual minority individuals.
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dc.titleCognitive Complexity in Sexual Minority Individuals: The Effect of Positive Identity Factors, Age, Ethnicity, and Education Level on Cognitive Complexity
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCarlozzi, Alfred
dc.contributor.committeeMemberJacobs, Sue C.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHubach, Randolph D.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBarnes, Laura L. B.
osu.filenameSchneider_okstate_0664D_15850.pdf
osu.accesstypeOpen Access
dc.description.departmentEducational Psychology
dc.type.genreDissertation
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