Bisexual+ Community and Belonging:
Bisexual Belonging, Minority Stress, and Mental Health

We are currently recruiting members of a community advisory board for our study!

Click on the flyer to read more information about the community advisory board and to go directly to the screening survey!
(If the link connected to the flyer does not work, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BiCommunityBoard.)
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About This Study

Purpose

This project involves a series of four studies over three phases focused on exploring and conceptualizing belonging and community connection for bisexual people. Research suggests that belonging and community connection can be important for cultivating psychological well being and positive identity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community members. However, there is evidence that bisexual individuals do not experience belonging and community connection in the same way as other LGBTQ individuals. The present research will explore bisexual belonging and community connection among bisexual people, and will investigate differences in experiences across race and ethnicity, gender, age, and geographic location. The project will culminate in the development and empirical testing of a new measure of bisexual belonging and community connection that will improve future research on bisexual experience.

Research Aims and Scope

The aim of this multiphase project is to conduct a series of studies exploring bi+ belonging and connection to community. Specifically, we intend to develop and validate a measure of bi+ community belonging that better measures the unique experience of belonging experienced by this population, and assess how this measure relates to psychological well being and mental health. We plan to accomplish this through a multiphase project, including 1) conducting a series of up to six focus groups in two geographic locations (one in the southern area of the United States and one in the northeast area of the United States) with bi+ community members to explore belonging and community connection across race and ethnicity, gender, age, and geographic location, 2) developing a scale to better measure and assess belonging and community connection based on the data from the first phase, and 3) investigating the relationship between this new measure of belonging and psychological well being and positive identity variables.

Research Team

Corey Flanders
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Corey Flanders

Corey Flanders (she/they) is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology and Education Department at Mount Holyoke College, and the director of the WISH research team. Corey conducts research with LGBTQ+ community on mental and sexual health equity and access, and in particular focuses on the health and wellness of bi+ community. Corey also enjoys made-for-tv sci-fi monster movies, and hanging out with their kiddos (2- and 4-legged, alike).

Kirsten Gonzalez
Milena Insalaco

Milena (she/they) is a junior at Mount Holyoke College majoring in Psychology and Philosophy and is pursuing a 5-College Certificate in Queer, Trans, and Sexuality Studies. She hopes to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology and specialize in sex, sexuality, and self-acceptance. Milena is involved in many other activities at Mount Holyoke College including the Mount Holyoke Glee Club and the Animal Welfare Association. In their free time they enjoy reading, gardening, and playing Minecraft with their little brother.