Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Second Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta


Homophobia; Prejudices


Educational Psychology


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.