ERIC Number: ED346388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-6
Influencing Homonegative Attitudes in College Students through an Educational Unit on Homosexuality.
Curtis, Darryl Eugene; Heritage, Jeannette
This study investigated whether presenting a unit of study on homosexuality, including positive interaction with a prominent homosexual, would reduce homonegative attitudes in college students. Male and female subjects (N=75) were volunteers from two sections of the upper-level psychology class Psychosexual Adjustment and control subjects (N=32) were sophomore, junior, and senior students registered for a psychology course who had not had a previous or concurrent course in human sexuality. Pretest and posttest administrators of the Kite and Deaux Homosexuality Attitude Scale were used to determine attitude change as a result of the educational unit. The students in the experimental group saw films of interviews concerning bisexuality and homosexuality, read the chapter in their book regarding homosexuality, and heard a lecture on homosexuality. Each student was given an informational pamphlet on homosexuality and Christianity. An ordained minister also visited the experimental group. The control group received no unit on homosexuality. They were presented with information regarding personality and adjustment psychology or some other general topic. Results indicated that students who received the presentation developed more positive attitudes toward homosexuality, as compared to the control group. Those students with gay friends had the most positive attitudes toward homosexuality of any of the groups of the entire sample. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Middle Tennessee Psychological Association (Nashville, TN, April 6, 1991).