Exploring the Relationship Among Mental Health Concerns, Social Support, and Relationship Satisfaction in Female Same-Sex Couples

Kassie R. Terrell, Suzanne M. Dugger

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Abstract

The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine the relationship among internal factors (mental health concerns) that affect relationship satisfaction and contextual factors (social support) that affect relationship satisfaction in female same-sex couples (N = 99). Correlation and regression analyses indicated significant relationships among the variables. Specifically, mental health concerns were negatively correlated with relationship satisfaction whereas social support was positively correlated with relationship satisfaction. Mental health concerns and social support were found to be significant predictors of relationship satisfaction. Implications for practitioners are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-65
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • LGBT
  • couples counseling
  • mental health
  • relationship satisfaction
  • social justice
  • social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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