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College students' attitudes towards homosexuality

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Lehman, Megan; Thornwall, Megan
Advisor(s)
Wolfgram, Susan M
Date
2010
Subject(s)
Homosexuality--Public opinion; Gays--Public opinion; Lesbians--Public opinion; College students--Attitudes
Abstract
Attitudes towards homosexuality are influenced by several factors: religion, media, family, peers, gender and contact with homosexual individuals (Riaz, 2006; Calzo & Ward, 2009). How these factors intersect to form one's attitude is not fully understood. The purpose of this study was to identify if there are gender differences determining what influences shape attitudes towards homosexuality. The central research question in this study was, "Are there gendered differences determining what factors influence college students' attitudes toward homosexuality?" This study was conducted at a small Midwestern university; participants were 128 male and female students. Survey data was statistically analyzed using cross-tabulations, mean comparisons, independent t-tests, and a reliability analysis. Findings supported the hypothesis; there were significant mean differences in seven of the ten variables. Implications for practitioners include taking gender into account when working with issues surrounding homosexuality. It is recommended that males be provided with additional education regarding homosexuality to increase sensitivity. Implications for future research include qualitative interviews and focusing on family and religion in the development of attitudes.
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