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Teachers' Views of Students with Gay or Lesbian Parents

  • Gail K. Bliss
  • Mary B. Harris
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Abstract

Eighty-three female and 24 male teachers responded to an anonymous questionnaire exploring four aspects of teachers' views of students who have gay or lesbian parents: (1) exposure to and general knowledge about homosexuality, (2) attitudes towards gays and lesbians, (3) interactions with gay or lesbian parents, including school practices and policies, and (4) beliefs about problems experienced by students with gay and lesbian parents. Most teachers knew some gay males and lesbians, had limited education and knowledge about homosexuality, and possessed moderately tolerant attitudes towards gays and lesbians. They believed that students with gay or lesbian parents had more problems in social interaction but were more mature, tolerant, and self-reliant than other students. Open-ended questions about gay and lesbian parents and their children revealed a wide range of answers, ranging from very supportive to noticeably hostile.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gail K. Bliss
    • 1
  • Mary B. Harris
    • 2
  1. 1.College of EducationUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerque
  2. 2.Educational Psychology Program, College of EducationUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerque

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