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High school student's attitudes toward homosexual persons and their relationship with parent and peer norms


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Novak, Petra. (2018). High school student's attitudes toward homosexual persons and their relationship with parent and peer norms. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Huić, Aleksandra].

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The aim of the research was to examine the correlation of high school students’ attitudes toward individuals of homosexual orientation and parental and peer norms, and to investigate how this attitude is reliant on the general susceptibility to parental and peer influence. The study included 312 high school students from Croatia. Participants were recruited using a snowball method and data was collected on-line. We used Attitudes toward lesbians and gay men scale and the Social distance scale, which included both self-assessment and assessment of parents and peers. In addition, the questionnaire contained the Parent and Peer Influence Scale and sociodemographic questions. The results indicate that high school students, on average, have a slightly positive attitude toward homosexual individuals. Parental and peer norms contributed significantly in explaining participants’ attitudes towards homosexuals, with the parental norm having a greater contribution than the peer norm. More negative attitudes towards homosexual individuals are related to more negative parental and peer norms. The relationship between peer norms and attitudes is not moderated by the general susceptibility to peer influence. Results indicate that the general susceptibility to parental influence has a significant moderating effect on the relationship between parental norms and attitudes of high school students towards homosexuals. The more they are exposed to parental influence, the greater the correlation between their attitudes and parental norms. This effect is not apparent with positive parental norms, but becomes more pronounced with neutral and more negative norms.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescence, attitudes, homosexuality, social norms, parent and peer influence
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Huić, Aleksandra
Date Deposited: 13 May 2019 04:48
Last Modified: 13 May 2019 04:48

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