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Hypothesis 4

Hypothesis between interpe friends and/or hypothesis also appears to be a exposure hetero friends, and/or (Finlay & Walth Inalla, 2002; H Strickland, 200

Capitanio,

1995

al, 1985).

It

4 claimed there would be a ne rsonal contact with gay men an family members and homophobia. echoes the findings within th negative correlation between sexuals have to homosexuals as family members and their over er, 2003; Lewis, 2003; Herek, offmann & Bakken, 2001; Plugge 1; Herek 2000b; Berkman & Zinb ; Herek & Glunt 1993; Herek, 1 is also important to note than

(1993) found this to among heterosexuals. men and lesbians has of homophobia in the

be the strongest predict Decreased interpersonal also been proposed as on African American populat

gative correlation d/or lesbians as

Support for this e literature. There the amount of

acquaintances, all homophobia 2002a; Landen &

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    Foust &

erg, 1997; Herek & 988; Douglas, et.

Herek and Glunt or of homophobia contact with gay e etiologic source ion, which tends to

have less interaction (Lewis, 2003).

with

gay

men

and

lesbians

than

Caucasians

The greater degree of interpersonal contact individuals have with gays and lesbians through friendships or familial ties, the lesser degree of homophobia they possess (Finlay & Walther, 2003). Perhaps increased interaction with homosexuals lowers homophobia because heterosexuals begin to erode their misconceptions about homosexuality by clarifying beliefs regarding sexual behavior, gay culture, and stereotype.

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