School differences in heterosexual students’ attitudes about homosexuality and prejudice based on sexual orientation

Stacey S. Horn, Laura A. Szalacha

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Abstract

In this study, we investigated the relationships between school context and heterosexual adolescents’ social reasoning regarding same-sex sexuality and sexual prejudice. One thousand seventy- six adolescents (Female, n=648; Male, n=428) attending two high schools that differed in the degree to which they implemented practices to increase the safety and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT students) responded to a questionnaire regarding their attitudes and beliefs about homosexuality and their judgments regarding excluding and teasing lesbian, gay, and gender non-conforming peers. The results of the study suggest that safe schools practices are related to more tolerant and less stereotypical attitudes among heterosexual students; particularly regarding gay male sexuality. This study provides additional evidence that adolescents’ social reasoning about sexual prejudice is complex and multidimensional.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-79
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Developmental Sciences
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Homophobia
  • School context
  • Sexual prejudice
  • Social reasoning

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