HomePhilippine Journal of Psychologyvol. 47 no. 1 (2014)

Negative Self-Identity, Autonomy Support, and Disclosure Among Young Filipino Gay Men

Orlando T. Rances | Ma. Regina M. Hechanova

Discipline: Psychology



This study used the Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA) as a lens to examine disclosure among Filipino gay men, despite the fact that disclosure of a gay man’s sexual identity is a western construct. Specifically, it examined the relationship between negative self-identity, autonomy support, and disclosure to parents and peers of a gay man’s sexual orientation. Findings indicated that individuals having high levels of negative self-identity were less likely to disclose to both parents and peers. Although peer autonomy support predicted disclosure to peers, parental autonomy support did not predict disclosure to parents. Practical and research implications are discussed.