Date Approved

5-5-2005

Embargo Period

4-13-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Second Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Homophobia; Prejudices

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to determine the level of homosexual prejudice that existed in the sample population and to determine if there were differences in the way that high versus low prejudice individuals reacted to a situation in which they believed they would be working with an individual who was a homosexual. A questionnaire completed by 254 college students (69 male, 185 female) was used to determine their level of prejudice. At a later time, 53 students (25 males, 28 females) participated in a second phase where they believed that they would be interacting with a partner who was represented as either a homosexual or a neutral person by their belongings. Chi square analysis revealed that there was a significant difference in prejudice level in phase 1 by gender, political orientation, knowledge of homosexuality, and number of homosexual friends. An ANOVA determined that, in phase 2, prejudice level significantly affected the likelihood that you would want to be friends with the partner outside of the experiment.

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