Do Attitudes toward Lesbians and Gay Men Differ among Heterosexual Collegiate Student-Athletes and Student Non-Athletes?
Dawkins, Milton R., Jr.
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The aim of the present study was to explore attitude differences among heterosexual collegiate student-athletes and heterosexual collegiate student non-athletes. Attitudes were assessed in relation to 5 variables. The variables included gender, contact (with lesbians and gay men), educational level, religiosity, and sport (athletes versus non-athletes). The Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Men scale (Herek & McLemore, 2011) was used to assess attitudes toward lesbians and gay men, and a demographic questionnaire was employed to collect demographic information. The studied revealed that student-athletes held more negative attitudes toward lesbians and gay men than did student non-athletes. The variables gender, contact (with lesbians and gay men), and religiosity were related to attitudes toward lesbians and gay men. It was revealed that educational level was not associated with attitudes toward lesbians and gay men in the current study.