Negotiating identities: The use of dissonance reduction strategies in responding to the Defense of Marriage Act

dc.contributor.committeeChairHeuman, Amy N.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLangford, Catherine L.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCarter, Narissra M.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHughes, Patrick C.
dc.creatorJoffrion, Christopher B.
dc.date.available2011-02-18T22:41:39Z
dc.date.issued2006-08
dc.degree.departmentCommunication Studiesen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis utilizes grounded theory to examine the ways in which members of the gay and lesbian community negotiate their identities in light of the Defense of Marriage Act. Interviews with 16 gay and lesbian individuals revealed three types of negative messages communicated by DOMA. Participants also discussed four strategies for reducing the dissonance produced by these messages: decreasing the relevance of negative messages, seeking the silver lining, increasing the value of affirmative messages while decreasing the value of negative messages, and rationalizing the existence of negative messages. Ultimately, this thesis articulates four conclusions concerning dissonance reduction in the lesbian and gay community. Future directions for research in the areas of dissonance reduction and identity negotiation are explored.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2346/18688en_US
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherTexas Tech Universityen_US
dc.rights.availabilityUnrestricted.
dc.subjectDissonance reductionen_US
dc.subjectDefense of Marraige Acten_US
dc.subjectGrounded theoryen_US
dc.titleNegotiating identities: The use of dissonance reduction strategies in responding to the Defense of Marriage Act
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.departmentCommunication Studies
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunication Studies
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Tech University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameM.A.

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