Internalized Homophobia in a Gay Male Through the Lens of Contextual Behaviorism: A Case Example

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Terri M. Davis

Second Advisor

Hale Martin

Third Advisor

Melissa Henston


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.

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Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.


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