Typology of Gay Consumers' Interaction Styles on Complaining Propensity
Abbreviated Journal Title
gay consumers; gay male; interaction styles; negative evaluation; cluster analysis; stigma-consciousness; complaining propensity; collective self-esteem; openness; NEGATIVE EVALUATION SCALE; COLLECTIVE SELF-ESTEEM; IDENTITY; FEAR; BEHAVIOR; MEN; SOCIALIZATION; MARKETPLACE; POPULATIONS; ANXIETY; Psychology, Multidisciplinary; Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
The purpose of this study is to develop a typology of gay male consumers based on self-concept variables related to social interactions. Openness about sexual orientation, collective self-esteem, stigma-consciousness, and negative evaluation were used to identify clusters of gay male consumers. An initial test sample (n = 125) suggested a three-cluster solution, and a validation sample (n = 247) established reproducibility of the proposed typology. Three clusters with distinct interaction styles emerged: "confident gay," "diffident gay," and "guarded gay." Additionally, the usefulness of the typology is demonstrated by comparing the clusters on the basis of complaining propensity. Typologies of each cluster and implications for research and practice are discussed.
Journal of Homosexuality
"Typology of Gay Consumers' Interaction Styles on Complaining Propensity" (2015). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 6730.