Heterosexual attitudes to homosexuality: Homophobia at a rural Australian university.

Max Hopwood, John Connors

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This study compared attitudes towards homosexuality of 164 students from two faculties at a rural Australian university. Eighty-two percent of participants were aged from 18-24 years, 65% percent of the sample were female with 58% of participants enrolled in a humanities course and 42% in a business course. A cross-sectional design using the Heterosexual Attitudes to Homosexuals (H.A.T.H.) and Fear of HIV/AIDS questionnaires found that for the total sample the major predictors of homophobia were fear of HIV/AIDS, gender, religiosity, and academic major. Business majors were significantly more homophobic than humanities majors. The findings imply that homophobia may be prevalent among university faculties and that staff and student programs need to be implemented to address homophobia, especially among business majors and lecturers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-94
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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