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races exist. African American culture might tend to be more supportive of opposite-sex (heterosexual) relationships than same-sex (homosexual) relationships, thus fostering attitudes heterosexism among African Americans.

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The final component of hypothesis 1 predicted there would be significant differences between the various educational levels of the nurses and their overall homophobia scores, based on published data which supports a negative correlation between homophobia and education level (Lewis, 2003; Battle & Lemelle, 2002; Herek, 2002a; Hoffmann & Bakken, 2001; Herek 2000b; Berkman & Zinberg, 1997; Herek & Capitanio, 1995). The educational levels of this sample were not statistically

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