Correlates of negative attitudes towards gay men: Sexism, male role norms and male sexuality

Davies, M (2004) Correlates of negative attitudes towards gay men: Sexism, male role norms and male sexuality. Journal of Sex Research, 41 (3). pp. 259-266. ISSN 0022-4499 (Print)

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Abstract

Research has shown that heterosexual men are more negative toward gay men than women are on measures of attitudes toward homosexual behaviour and homosexual persons (Kite & Whitley, 1996). Gender differences in attitudes toward gay men's civil rights are less clear. No empirical studies, however, have investigated these findings with a scale that measures specifically these three attitudinal subcomponents. This study was a preliminary test of a scale that measured these subcomponents. In addition, this study investigated the relationship between these subcomponents and other attitudinal measures: hostile sexism, male toughness, and attitudes toward male sexuality. Results revealed that attitudes toward homosexual behaviour and homosexual persons comprised one factor: affective reactions toward gay men. Results showed that men were more negative on affective reactions than women were. No gender differences were revealed on attitudes toward civil rights. I found significant correlations between affective reactions, hostile sexism, male toughness, and male sexuality. I discuss these findings in relation to traditional gender role beliefs and make suggestions for future research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in Journal of Sex Research, Vol.41,3 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group . Journal of Sex Research can be found online here http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/hjsr20/41/3
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Dr M Lowe
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2016 15:39
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2016 15:39
Identification Number: 10.1080/00224490409552233
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/708

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