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ERIC Number: EJ763581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-8756-5943
Health Education/Promotion Students' Attitudes toward Homosexuals
Cole, Sara L.; Reece, Michael; Lindeman, Alice K.
Health Educator, v37 n2 p3-10 Fall 2005
This study investigated the attitudes of health education/promotion students toward homosexuals and the extent to which those attitudes were related to their comfort and interest in working with gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) individuals and health issues socially-related to this community. Participants included 182 undergraduate and graduate health education/promotion students from nine academic institutions in the United States. The Index of Attitudes towards Homosexuals was used to assess levels of homophobia. Homophobia scores were significantly related to comfort in working with GLB people and GLB health issues, and those with higher levels of homophobia were less comfortable working in GLB health. Health educators who lack comfort in working with a community or a particular health issue may be less inclined to work on important health topics, which may be less supportive of responding to the health disparities that exist in these communities. The findings of this study are important for the training of future health education/promotion professionals. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States