Participants were 61 college students, emolled in three social science courses. Baseline measures of attitudes towards homosexuals and homophobia were taken during a pre-test session. Approximately one month later, the classrooms were randomly assigned to one of three conditions. Students in the control group viewed a videotape on gender and participated in a general discussion on gender issues. Students in experimental group l viewed a videotape on myths about homosexuality with a discussion on homosexuality with a self-identified heterosexual. Students in experimental group 2 viewed the same videotape on myths about homosexuality with a discussion on homosexuality with a self-identified homosexual. The attitude measures were readministered following discussions. Results showed positive changes in attitudes toward homosexuals and homophobia from pre- to post-test. Response patterns also supported expected gender and prior contact differences in attitude. The value of even brief positive exposure to homosexuals is discussed.
Corso, Richard P. and Caira, Danielle
"Changes in Attitudes Toward Homosexuality as a Result of Personal Contact and Education,"
FSU Journal of Behavioral Sciences:
1, Article 4.
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