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Disclosure Inconsistencies: The Impact of Behavioral, Attitudinal, and Environmental Inconsistencies on Identity Management Outcomes

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dc.contributor.advisor King, Eden Beth
dc.contributor.author Sabat, Isaac Emmanuel
dc.creator Sabat, Isaac Emmanuel
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-28T10:20:44Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-28T10:20:44Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/10392
dc.description.abstract Individuals with concealable stigmas have to make complicated decisions regarding to whom, when, and where to disclose in order to maximize both psychological and social outcomes. Research has begun to examine the situations that are most likely to lead to beneficial outcomes, but findings remain inconsistent and tenuous. Thus, the purpose of the current study was to employ cognitive dissonance theory to this domain in order to propose and test a set of attitudinal, behavioral, and environmental moderators of these disclosure outcomes. Based on an archival dataset as well as a survey study across three time points, the findings suggest that disclosing at work relates to more beneficial intrapersonal and interpersonal workplace outcomes due to decreases in psychological dissonance when individuals 1) have high levels of identity centrality, 2) perceive high levels of objective workplace support, and 3) perceive low levels of subjective regional support. Interestingly, disclosing outside of work consistently related to positive outcomes except when individuals perceive high levels of subjective support. Workplace disclosures do not impact nonworkplace outcomes and nonworkplace disclosures do not impact workplace outcomes. Thus, psychological dissonance theories were partially supported in the context of identity management outcomes. I discuss the theoretical and practical implications of each of these findings.
dc.format.extent 94 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2016 Isaac Emmanuel Sabat
dc.subject Psychology en_US
dc.subject LGBTQ studies en_US
dc.subject Social psychology en_US
dc.subject disclosure en_US
dc.subject LGBT en_US
dc.subject psychological dissonance en_US
dc.subject sexual orientation en_US
dc.subject workplace en_US
dc.title Disclosure Inconsistencies: The Impact of Behavioral, Attitudinal, and Environmental Inconsistencies on Identity Management Outcomes
dc.type Dissertation
thesis.degree.level Ph.D.
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Concentration
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University


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