Sex Roles

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Attitudes Toward Homosexuals Among Students at a Canadian University

  • E. Glenn Schellenberg
  • Jessie Hirt
  • Alan Sears


We examined attitudes toward homosexuals amonga broad selection of undergraduates (101 men, 98 women)attending a Canadian university, where a vast majorityof the students are from working- or middle-class families of European descent. Attitudes towardgay men were more negative than attitudes towardlesbians. Compared to Science or Business students,students in the faculties of Arts or Social Science had more positive attitudes toward gay men, andwomen were more positive than men. Attitudes toward gaymen also improved with time spent at college, but onlyfor male students. Although attitudes toward lesbians improved with time at college, they were notassociated with students' gender or faculty ofenrollment. Thus, a college education may promote areduction in anti-homosexual prejudice among youngpeople, particularly among young men.


Social Psychology Positive Attitude College Education Male Student Business Student 
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  • Jessie Hirt
  • Alan Sears

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