Arranged Marriage, Identity and Psychological Wellbeing among British Asian Gay Men
The cultural expectation of an arranged heterosexual marriage poses social and psychological challenges for British Asian gay men. This article examines the diary accounts of twelve British Asian gay men concerning their perceptions and feelings concerning marriage in face of familial pressure to get married and the implications for identity processes and psychological wellbeing. Data were analyzed qualitatively using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and Identity Process Theory. The following themes are outlined: (1) “Bringing it up”: Coercion, threat and negative emotions; (2) Sidestepping marriage: Strategies for coping with threat; and (3) “A no-win situation”: Marriage as a dilemma. Familial coercion into marriage can threaten identity and psychological wellbeing and individuals will deploy intrapsychic/interpersonal coping strategies with have limited long-term efficacy.
Citation:Jaspal, R. (2014). Arranged Marriage, Identity and Psychological Wellbeing among British Asian Gay Men. Journal of GLBT Family Studies. 10 (5), pp. 425-448
Research Group:Self and Identity Research Group