Subjective Theories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual Employees Concerning How They Deal with their Sexual or Gender Identity in the Workplace—An Exploratory Qualitative Study

  • Dominic Johannes Tobias Frohn Universität zu Köln
Keywords: subjective theories, dialogue-consensus, structure-formation-technique, sexual orientation, LGBT, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender identity, employee, workplace, diversity, resilience

Abstract

The present exploratory study aims at generating idiographically oriented insights on the way lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual employees cope with their sexual or gender identity in the workplace. The subjective theories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual interviewees were represented by structure-formation-techniques and communicatively validated via dialog-consensus. The subjective theories of lesbian and gay employees are compared and discussed with respect to their individual coping strategies, while the subjective theories of bisexual or transgender/transsexual employees are additionally examined with their specific situation in mind. This approach aims to qualitatively deepen the existing quantitative knowledge on lesbian and gay employees' situations and to generate fundamental findings on the situation of bisexual and transsexual/transgender employees. These results provide a sound foundation for future quantitative and qualitative research activities. This study focuses particularly on resilience issues and potential skills that may be catalyzed by the unique biographical experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual employees.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs130368

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Author Biography

Dominic Johannes Tobias Frohn, Universität zu Köln

Der Diplom-Psychologe Dominic FROHN gilt als ausgewiesener Experte zum Thema LSBT*-Diversity. Seine diesbezügliche Expertise nutzt er sowohl für Forschungstätigkeiten, die auf seiner wissenschaftlichen Sozialisation in qualitativen und quantitativen Methoden an der Universität zu Köln bei Norbert GROEBEN und Brigitte SCHEELE basieren, als auch für seine selbstständige Tätigkeit als Berater, Coach, Mediator und Trainer in der Wirtschaft und in Organisationen der öffentlichen Verwaltung bzw. generell in Non-Profit-Organisationen. Als Lehrbeauftragter an der Hochschule Fresenius in Köln hält er die Vorlesung Differenzielle Psychologie für Studierende der Wirtschaftspsychologie und widmet sich in dem Zusammenhang insbesondere auch den Themen Diversity- und Health-Management.

Published
2013-07-31
How to Cite
Frohn, D. J. T. (2013). Subjective Theories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual Employees Concerning How They Deal with their Sexual or Gender Identity in the Workplace—An Exploratory Qualitative Study. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 14(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-14.3.1933
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