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from the options of 1) conservative; 2) moderate; or 3) liberal in addition to selecting their religion as Christian, Jewish, Muslim, non-religious, and other along with frequency of church attendance as 1) weekly; 2) monthly; 3) every few months; 4) one to two times per year; or 5) never.

Belief in the “free choice” model of homosexuality was determined through a 5-point likert response to two opposing statements regarding the etiologic beliefs of homosexuality. Participants circled “yes” or “no” in response to the statement “I have at least one friend or relative who is a gay man or lesbian” to establish interpersonal contact with gays and lesbians through family and friends. Attitudes toward the protection of gays and lesbians in the workplace were determined by evaluating responses to two opposing statements about workplace nondiscrimination policies, which were scored employing the same 5-point likert scale used on the ATLG and data collection sheets (see Appendix C on page 144 for the actual survey instrument).

Data Collection

Research proposals were submitted for approval to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). To collect data in a random fashion, a mathematical approach was used to obtain the sample. To stratify, every third listed Registered nurse under each letter of the alphabet was used until each letter had a total of 20 possible participants. Using 20 per letter, a total of 520 RNs

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