Internalized Homophobia in a Gay Male Through the Lens of Contextual Behaviorism: A Case Example
Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Terri M. Davis
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Functional contextualism, functional relations, internalized homophobia, middle aged gay male
Hypothetical constructs are used in many traditional psychological theories to explain causal relationship, behavior, and psychological events. These events typically occur in realms outside of an observable event fields and create a dualistic account of causation. Functional contextualism eschews the use of hypothetical constructs and instead relies on the use of abstractive constructs to describe functional relations in observable event fields to understand behavioral relationships through a monistic framework. This paper provides a theoretical example of conceptualizing the abstractive construct of internalized homophobia from a behavioral lens. A case example has been provided to help illustrate case conceptualization of internalized homophobia from a behavioral perspective and details behavioral interventions used with a middle aged gay male during the course of treatment.
Martin, Stephen Chase, "Internalized Homophobia in a Gay Male Through the Lens of Contextual Behaviorism: A Case Example" (2016). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 209.