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Research Questions and Hypotheses The research hypotheses of this study predicted the following:

  • 1.

    There will be a difference in the level of homophobia related to gender, age, race/ethnicity, and education.

  • 2.

    There will be a positive correlation between religious association and homophobia.

  • 3.

    There will be a positive correlation between belief in the “free choice” model of homosexuality and homophobia.

  • 4.

    There will be a negative correlation between interpersonal contact with gay men and/or lesbians as friends and/or family members and homophobia.

  • 5.

    There will be a negative correlation between support for a nondiscrimination policy protecting gays and lesbians in the workplace and homophobia.

Hypothesis

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in mean ATLG scor emales (M = 11.9, ly significant (t( y ANOVA indicated (F (5, 157) = 5.3,

various age group ge of 20-29 had th

hat there would be a difference in ed to gender, age, race/ethnicity, sts were analyzed to examine the es between males (M = 11.9, SD = SD = 8.1), which were not 165) = 1.8, p > .05). a statistically significant

p < .05) between mean ATLG scores s of the sample. Individuals within e lowest mean ATLG score at 36;

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