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The perceived psychological well-being of LGBTQ individuals in Malaysia

Jaffer, Usman and Che Mohd Nassir, Che Mohd Nasril and Ahmed, Mohamed Ayaaz and Ahmad H Osman, Rahmah and Abdul Malik, Aleeya Aesya and Alba, Mohd Shahril Aidil and Ab Rahim, Muhammad Akmal Hakim and Hasbi, Dinah Jazmina and Mohamad, Mardhiyah (2023) The perceived psychological well-being of LGBTQ individuals in Malaysia. International Journal of Education, Psychology and Counseling, 8 (52). pp. 793-812. E-ISSN 0128-164X

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This study explores the psychological well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) individuals in Malaysia, focusing on their experiences of identity formation, societal understanding, and the impact of prevailing attitudes on their mental health. Through qualitative methods, including in-depth interviews with nine participants from the LGBTQ community in Kuantan, Pahang, this research delves into the personal narratives of two lesbians, two gay individuals, two bisexuals, and three transgender persons, to understand the complexities of living as an LGBTQ individual in a society marked by religious and legal considerations. .The findings reveal that participants recognized their LGBTQ identity during adolescence, often navigating societal expectations discreetly to avoid backlash. Despite challenges, participants demonstrated resilience and found support within familial and community networks. Notably, the study highlights a shift towards greater understanding of LGBTQ individuals in Malaysia, potentially reducing instances of psychological distress within the community. This research underscores the importance of supportive environments and the need for culturally competent mental health care for LGBTQ individuals. It also calls for further studies to include broader societal perspectives and professional insights to enrich the discourse on LGBTQ mental well-being. This study contributes valuable insights into the evolving landscape of LGBTQ perceptions and the factors influencing the psychological health of LGBTQ individuals in Malaysia.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 10553/109835
Uncontrolled Keywords: LGBTQ, Perceived Mental Health, Society, Understanding
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
BPK Islamic law. Shari'ah. Fiqh
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Arabic Language and Literature
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Psychology
Kulliyyah of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Dr Usman Jaffer
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2024 09:26
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2024 10:06
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/110746

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