Master's Theses

Date of Award

Fall 1997

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Social Work

Advisor

Bill Daley

Abstract

The purpose of the researcher was to investigate college students' attitudes toward homosexuality. The independent variables investigated were gender, age, marital status, college classification, and religious preference. Scores from the Homophobia Scale were utilized as the dependent variable. The sample consisted of 180 college students. Five composite null hypotheses were tested at the .0500 level employing a three-way analysis of variance (general linear model). A total of 18 comparisons were made plus 17 recurring. Of the 18 comparisons, 5 were for main effects and 13 for interactions. Of the 5 main effects, 1 was statistically significant at the .0500 level. The statistically significant main effect was for the independent variable gender and the dependent variable Homophobia Scale scores. The results of the present study indicated female college students had a statistically higher mean score (more positive attitude toward homosexuality) than male students. None of the 13 interactions was statistically significant at the .0500 level. The results of the present study appear to support the following generalizations: 1. female college students are more positive toward homosexuality than male students, 2. age of college students is not associated with attitude toward homosexuality. 3. marital status of college students is not associated with attitude toward homosexuality, 4. classification of college students is not associated with attitude toward homosexuality. And 5. religious preference of college students is not associated with altitude toward homosexuality.

Rights

Copyright 1997 Lynne D. Henry

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