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Some determinants of high school students' attitudes towards homosexual persons


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Tetec, Leon. (2018). Some determinants of high school students' attitudes towards homosexual persons. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Huić, Aleksandra].

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The goal of this study was to examine the relationship between high school students’ attitudes towards gay men and lesbiansand their values, religiosity, sexual orientation and social contact, as well as to examine whether gender differences exist in these attitudes. The study was conducted online, using a snowball method, on 312 high school students. We used Attitudes toward lesbians and gay men scale (ATLG),Twenty Item Value Inventory (TwIVI), and questions about general and demographic variables. The results showed that high school boys had more negative attitudes toward homosexual people than high school girls. They also have more negative attitudes towards gay men than lesbians, while this difference was not found for high school girls. Participants who were closer to homosexuality on the sexuality continuum had more positive attitudes toward homosexuals, and the same was found for those who had achieved a greater social contact with them. Participants for whom religion is more important in their lives had more negative attitudes towards homosexuals. As far as values are concerned, the higher estimated importance oftradition and achievementwas associated with more negative attitudes, and higher estimated importance of universalism and power with more positive attitudes of high school students towards homosexuals. Conformism, security, benevolence, hedonism, stimulation, and self-direction have not proved to be significant predictors of high school students’ attitudes towards homosexuals. These findings suggest that, when trying to reduce stereotypes and discrimination against homosexuals, we should also take the values of high school students into account.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: homosexuals, attitudes, values, gender differences, high school students
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Huić, Aleksandra
Date Deposited: 13 May 2019 04:43
Last Modified: 13 May 2019 04:43

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