Dr. Tiffany Chenneville Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
Jennifer O’Brien, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
Thomas Smith, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Director of University Honors Program
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
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.
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Forshier, Caitlin B., "Homophobia and Beliefs about Gender Roles" (2013). USFSP Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate). 137.