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Teens more accepting when they know someone gay August 23, 2009

Posted by Geekgirl in homophobia, social, Teens.
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Funny. Research keeps turning up the same result, over and over again. Know someone who is gay? Turns out, you know they are ok. This recent publication studied 14 through 18 year olds and their attitudes toward gays and lesbians. You already know the result.

But it’s just the abstract. So read it for fun and send it to a homophobe.

J Youth Adolesc. 2009 Aug;38(7):937-51. Epub 2009 Apr 16.

Intergroup contact and beliefs about homosexuality in adolescence.

Heinze JE, Horn SS.

University of Illinois at Chicago, Evanston, IL 60202, USA. heinzej@gmail.com

This study examines the relationship between intergroup contact and adolescents’ attitudes regarding homosexuality and the treatment of lesbian and gay (LG) peers. Fourteen- through 18-year-olds (n = 1,069, 59.7% females) completed self-report attitude and judgment questionnaires about the acceptability of homosexuality, levels of comfort around LG peers, and the acceptability of excluding or teasing an LG peer.

The results suggest that having an LG friend is related to more positive attitudes toward homosexuals/homosexuality and less tolerance toward the unfair treatment of LG peers. The findings lend further support to intergroup contact theory and provide evidence that the intimacy of contact is related to prejudice reduction, and offer general support that age is related to prejudicial attitudes, but less so to prejudicial behaviors.

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