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NCJ Number: 229431 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding Gender Differences in Early Adolescents' Sexual Prejudice
Journal: Journal of Early Adolescence  Volume:30  Issue:1  Dated:February 2010  Pages:50-75
Author(s): Jessieka Mata; Negin Ghavami; Michele A. Wittig
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 26
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used a two-mediator model to examine gender differences in early adolescents' attitudes toward gay males and lesbians.
Abstract: Drawing on social dominance theory and the contact hypothesis, we developed and tested a two-mediator model for explaining gender differences in early adolescents' attitudes toward gay males and lesbians. Data from more than 400 ninth graders were analyzed. As predicted, gender differences in attitudes toward gay males were partially explained by social dominance orientation (SDO) and knowing a gay male. Gender differences in attitudes toward lesbians were partially mediated by SDO, while knowing a lesbian was not a mediating variable. Beyond their mediating roles, both SDO and knowing a member of the target group each significantly added to the prediction of attitudes toward each target group. Implications for policies to reduce victimization of sexual minorities in schools are discussed. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Behavioral science research; Discrimination against homosexuals; Gender issues; Peer influences on behavior; Public schools; Victimization
Note: For additional articles in this special issue see NCJ-229429-30 and NCJ-229432-36.
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