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Study of LGBQ Identity Development in Middle Eastern/Arab Americans

posted Jul 14, 2011, 2:01 PM by Michael Chanak

I am a researcher conducting a study of the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning (LGBQ) Americans and immigrants of Middle Eastern or Arab descent.  More specifically, this study will explore identity development as an ethnic and sexual minority person.  Very limited data has been published thus far regarding the sexual minority identity development among Arab/Middle Eastern Americans; therefore this study aims to shed light on this population’s experiences.


To be eligible to participate, you must be a lesbian, gay, or bisexual person (or someone who has experienced same-sex attraction, but does not label themselves as lesbian, gay, or bisexual) of Middle Eastern or Arab descent, living in the United States, and be at least 18 years of age.  Participants interested in the study will be contacted to arrange for either a telephone, video conference (e.g., Skype), or face-to-face interview in a confidential setting.  Prior to the interview, participants will complete a consent form and a demographic questionnaire.  The interview will last approximately one hour and the demographic questionnaire will take about 5 minutes to complete. Also, in exchange for participating, you will be compensated with a $40 gift certificate for the interview. Your participation would help increase knowledge about sexual minority and Arab/Middle Eastern American identity. 


If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Ayse Ikizler at or by phone at 301-706-4209.  If you have additional questions or concerns about the study, you may also contact the faculty advisor to this project, Dr. Dawn M. Szymanski at the University of Tennessee—Department of Psychology located at 1404 Circle Dr. Rm. 312, Knoxville, TN, 37996; (865) 974-3330 or  The protocol for this study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board for protection of human subjects at the University of Tennessee. 


Please feel free to forward this e-mail announcement to eligible colleagues, friends, students, or other acquaintances who might be interested in participating.  Thank you in advance for your help with this project!




Ayse S. Ikizler, B.A.

Ph: 301-706-4209

Department of Psychology

University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN 37996