Implications for Education
This study has yielded a vast amount of educational implications for nursing, public administration, and the general field of gay and lesbian psychology. Because the sample of this study was comprised of registered nurses licensed in the State of Florida, perhaps the educational implications for nursing are most condign. Registered nurses are taught to treat the client as an entire being, encompassing not only physical health but mental, spiritual, and psychosocial health as well (Potter & Perry, 2005). Whether or not a registered nurse can fully commit to this vital component of care is an important consideration based on the analysis of the data that reflects the presence of homophobia within the profession.
Although the vast majority (78%) of respondents in this study had an overall ATLG score <60 (mid-range), 22% had scores that were greater than 60. Education did not hold statistical significance as a variable; however, age did show a statistically significant variance in ATLG score among the sample. The lowest mean ATLG score (36) was that of nurses aged 20-29 while the highest mean ATLG score (55) was that of nurses aged 30-39. Based on this analysis, one might postulate that nurses aged 20-29 were taught the concepts of acceptance, diversity, and holism on a greater scale than the older groups of the sample, especially those aged 30-39. It is important to emphasize, however, that increasing age has been positively correlated with homophobia in previous studies outside of