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Malysheva N.G., Shaekhov Z.D. (2019). On the study of the psychological well-being of homo- and bisexuals in modern psychology: a literature review. Moscow University Psychology Bulletin, 2, 145-163

Relevance. The studies of psychological well-being are of particular relevance considering a rapidly changing world, requiring a rapid adaptation to changes as well as the constant search for ways to account your needs within unstable environment. Psychologists around the world pay a lot of attention to the psychological well-being of different social groups in recent decades. They analyze how social hierarchy provides different possibilities and influence on well-being of people.  There for LGBTQA community, who have experience of discrimination in the heteronormative society, is one of most important group for studying today.  

Objective. To review the studies on the relationship of psychological well-being, according to the eudemonistic approach, and various socio-psychological characteristics of the LGBTQIA community.

Methods. We overview and analyze the research of psychological well-being and its determinants among non-heteronormative people.

Results. The observed research show non-heteronormative people have a low level of psychological well-being. The following determinants of these results was identified: hidden discrimination, social and interpersonal barriers, stressful situations, internalized homophobia, support for gender norms, avoidance of interpersonal relations, fear of entering into intimate relations. Positive factors of psychological well-being are: social support, sexual satisfaction, openness, acceptance of one’s sexual identity, predominance of positive emotions, optimism. A combination of hedonistic and eudemonic approaches is possible direction for further development of such studies. 

Conclusion. Researches of non-heteronormative people’s well-being can reduce discrimination of them in the modern Russia that will contribute to increasing psychological culture in the society.

Received: 03/10/2019

Accepted: 03/24/2019

Pages: 145-163

DOI: 10.11621/vsp.2019.02.145

Keywords: psychological well-being; eudaimonia; non-heteronormative person; identity; discriminating relation; stigma;

By: Malysheva N.G.; Shmelev A.G.;

Available Online: 05/30/2019

Shaigerova L.A., Shilko R.S., Zinchenko Yu.P., Dolgikh A.G., Vakhantseva O.V. (2018) Cultural determination of mental health and psychological well­-being: methodological issues. Moscow University Psychology Bulletin, 2, 3-23

Relevance.The growth of mental health disorders, psychological problems in modern society among different categories of the population, including representatives of different cultures and faiths and the lack of cultural development of specific approaches to understanding mental health and psychological well-being raise the problem of cultural conditionality of representations of mental health and psychological well-being in a number of important interdisciplinary problems, of high scientific and practical importance in such multinational and multicultural countries as Russia.

Objective.To examine the relationship between cultural context and mental health and psychological well-being.

Methods.Review and analysis of current research in the field of cultural conditioning of various aspects of mental health and psychological well-being.

Conclusions.The analysis of the different approaches to the study of representations of mental health and psychological well-being has allowed to establish that the existing differences in ways of coping with stress, the level of stigma in seeking psychological help have cultural conditioning and do not only depend on socio-economic living conditions, but also on subjective perceptions of these phenomena, as well as ethnic and cultural identity of people in a particular society. The urgency and necessity of development of new and cultural-specific adaptation of existing diagnostic tools for comparative study of ideas about mental health and psychological well-being within one territorially united society, which is characterized by high ethnic and cultural diversity, are shown.

Received: 05/15/2018

Accepted: 05/21/2018

Pages: 3-23

DOI: 10.11621/vsp.2018.02.03

Keywords: mental health; culture; psychological well-being; coping strategies; ethno­cultural identity; stigma;

By: Chaiguerova, Ludmila A.; Shilko, Roman S.; Zinchenko, Yury. P.; Dolgikh Alexandra G.; Vakhantseva Olga V.;

Available Online: 06/20/2018


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