The Role of Indirect Contact in Reducing Binegativity
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Sexual minorities, including bisexual individuals, are at higher risk of experiencing negative sexual identity outcomes and mental health problems due to the stressors associated with sexual identity-related stigma and discrimination. Bisexual people face unique challenges, such as dual-sourced stigmatization, stereotypes, and limited media representation. This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of three types of indirect contact in reducing binegativity: online multicultural education, vicarious contact, and imagining internal dialogue. The research question is about whether these forms of indirect contact can reduce binegativity, and if there are differences in their effectiveness. It is hypothesized that all three interventions will reduce binegativity, with imagining internal dialogue being most effective. The study will employ a pretest/posttest design with four groups: three experimental conditions for each type of indirect contact and a control group. Data is collected from 222 participants aged 16-25 of Dutch origin through online questionnaires distributed via various platforms. The measurements will assess binegativity using a combination of the Attitudes Regarding Bisexuality Scale (ARBS) and the Transgender Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs Scale (T-KAB). The study aims to contribute to the development of interventions that reduce binegativity and promote the well-being of bisexual individuals. By understanding the potential benefits of indirect contact, efforts can be made to combat prejudice and increase positive attitudes towards bisexual individuals.