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Collective Action among Heterosexual and Lesbian/Bisexual Racial/Ethnic Minority Women: Types, Frequency, and Implications

[Speaker] Deblaere, Cirleen:1
1:Georgia State University (United States of America)

Collective action (i.e., involvement in consciousness raising activities related to marginalized status) has been identified as an important mechanism through which heterosexual and lesbian and bisexual (LB) women counter oppression (Szymanksi & Moffit, 2012). Racial/ethnic minority women and racial/ethnic minority LB women represent two groups particularly impacted by oppression (e.g., discrimination, stigma) due to their multiple marginalized identities (DeBlaere, et al., 2014). Thus, investigating factors that may promote their psychological well-being in the context of oppression is critical. Thus, the current study examines the most and least common forms of collective action (e.g., participating in rallies, reading feminist literature) related to feminist identity, racial/ethnic identity, and sexual orientation identity participated in among a sample of racial/ethnic minority women (N = 496) and a sample of racial/ethnic minority LB women (N = 124). In addition, the association between collective action and psychological outcomes (i.e., psychological distress, self-esteem) will be reported.
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