Sex Roles

, Volume 57, Issue 1–2, pp 61–67 | Cite as

Gender Role Beliefs and Attitudes toward Lesbians and Gay Men in Chile and the U.S.

  • Angela J. NiermanEmail author
  • Suzanne C. Thompson
  • Angela Bryan
  • Amanda L. Mahaffey
Brief Report


We compared the relationship between gender role beliefs and antigay prejudice in Chile and the United States. Participants were Chilean and American university students. In Study 1, Chileans were more prejudiced than Americans, and men were more prejudiced than women. In Study 2, gender role beliefs mediated cultural and sex differences in prejudice. Chileans held more traditional gender role beliefs and were more antigay than Americans. Men were more prejudiced than women, particularly in their attitudes toward gay men. Further, sex differences in attitudes toward lesbians and gay men were completely mediated by gender role beliefs. Nationality differences in attitudes toward lesbians were completely mediated, and nationality differences in attitudes toward gay men were partially mediated, by gender role beliefs.


Gender roles Prejudice Cross-cultural Sex differences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angela J. Nierman
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Suzanne C. Thompson
    • 1
  • Angela Bryan
    • 2
  • Amanda L. Mahaffey
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyPomona CollegeClaremontUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Colorado at BoulderBoulderUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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