USFSP Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

First Advisor

Dr. Tiffany Chenneville Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Second Advisor

Jennifer O’Brien, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Third Advisor

Thomas Smith, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Director of University Honors Program

Publisher

University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Document Type

Thesis

Language

en_US

Date Available

May 2013

Publication Date

2013

Date Issued

April 2013

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between homophobia, use of homophobic epithets and gender beliefs among college students. Undergraduate psychology students at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (N=273) completed an anonymous online survey containing four scales: (a) Demographic Scale (b) Homophobia Scale (c) Traditional Beliefs about Gender and Gender Identity Scale (TBGI) and the (d) Homophobic Content Agent Target Scale (HCAT). Results suggest that homophobic beliefs and the use of homophobic epithets are low among college students. Further, traditional beliefs about gender roles were relatively low among college students. However, there was a significant relationship between homophobic beliefs, beliefs about gender roles, and use of homophobic epithets. Results also suggest some differences in homophobic beliefs, traditional beliefs about gender roles, and use of homophobic epithets based on demographic variables (e.g., religion, sexual orientation, marital status). These findings have important implications with regard to better understanding homophobic beliefs and behavior.

Comments

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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