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for further research on the correlation between educational

experiences and homophobia.

Religious Association

Religious association is another highly studied and

sensitive independent variable related to homophobia (Finlay &

Walther, 2003; Lewis, 2003; Dennis, 2002; Ellis, et. al, 2002;

Herek, 2002a; Hoffmann & Bakken, 2001; Plugge-Foust &

Strickland, 2001; Wilson & Huff, 2001; Herek, 2000b; Petersen &

Donnenwerth, 1998; Berkman & Zinberg, 1997; Herek & Capitanio,

1995; Herek & Glunt, 1993; Herek, 1988; Douglas, et. al, 1985).

Most research positively correlates religious association with

homophobia (Finlay & Walther, 2003; Lewis, 2003; Dennis, 2002;

Ellis, et. al, 2002; Herek, 2002a; Plugge-Foust & Strickland,

2001; Wilson & Huff, 2001; Herek, 2000b; Petersen & Donnenwerth,

1998; Berkman & Zinberg, 1997; Herek & Capitanio, 1995; Herek &

Glunt, 1993; Herek, 1988). This exploration, however, is

multifaceted because of varying denominations, religious sects,

frequency of attendance at religious services, and other

independent variables which help to determine overall religious

association.

In comparing religious association and differences in

overall homophobia among Caucasians and African Americans,

Afcrican Americans are substantially more religious than

Caucasians, which increases homophobia among this subset (Lewis,

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