homosexuality and practice a lifestyle conducive to that choice;” and 2) “Gay men and lesbians do not choose homosexuality as a lifestyle; biological and psychosocial influences shape human sexuality.”
To suggest overall correlation between this independent variable, the researcher analyzed the data using a critical ratio (CR) score of > 1.96 to indicate statistical significance. The CR value for the first question, “Gay men and lesbians consciously choose their homosexuality and practice a lifestyle conducive to that choice“ was 5.9, which was the highest CR score of all the variables in the structural equation model. The CR value of the second question, “Gay men and lesbians do not choose homosexuality as a lifestyle; biological and psychosocial influences shape human sexuality” equaled -1.2, which was statistically insignificant. As the strongest correlate of all the independent variables, belief in the free-choice model of homosexuality was strongly correlated with homophobia. Thus, hypothesis three is accepted.
Hypothesis 4 postulated a negative correlation between interpersonal contact with gay men and/or lesbians as friends and/or family members and homophobia. Respondents answered “yes” or “no” to the question “I have at least one friend or family member who is a gay man or lesbian.” This variable was included in the structural equation model and analyzed the critical ratio (CR) value using > 1.96 to support statistical significance. The