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Title: Attitudes toward, and stereotypes of, male and female homosexuals
Author: Taylor, Alan D.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1987
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The thesis is concerned with the documentation of homosexual stereotypes, and the examination of the relationships between these perceptions and evaluations of homosexuals. Major departures from previous research involved the use of a non-student sample of subjects, and going beyond the investigation of a limited number of attitudinal correlates or demographic variables which might be associated with homophobia. The major concerns of the thesis were the relationships between evaluations of homosexuals and sex role standards, variations in sexual behaviour, and also general conservatism. The interest in the latter three was important given that much of the previous research has focussed on only one or two of these evaluative correlations at a time. The present study provided an opportunity to assess the relative importance of all three to the evaluation of homosexuals. Using a variety of techniques, the popularity and strength of the belief that homosexuals are sex role deviants was demonstrated. This belief has simply been taken for granted in previous research, which has implied the common perception without actually testing its existence empirically. In the present study the belief was substantiated and examined in relation to subjects' evaluations of homosexuals and their evaluations of traditional sex role behaviour. Individuals who endorsed more traditional sex role standards were more disapproving of homosexuality - this relationship was the most useful in accounting for different evaluations, and it was much more useful than those with sexual values and general conservatism. Finally, the results supporting the hypotheses were found across the independent samples.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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