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“other” category offered in this study’s demographic data collection instrument may have accounted for ethnicities otherwise represented by the DHHS (2000).

Hypothesis 1

Hypothesis 1 predicted there would be a level of homophobia related to gender, age, education. This hypothesis was supported as of variance (ANOVA) provided statistically s differences in the overall homophobia betwee races/ethnicities of the sample. However, di males and females and educational preparatio statistically insignificant.

difference in the race/ethnicity, and the one-way analysis ignificant n the ages and fferences between n levels were

Males were found to be more homophobic However, t-tests revealed this difference to insignificant. The mean ATLG score for males was 55 (M = 11.9, SD = .6.5) and females 43

than females.

be statistically within the sample (M = 11.9, SD =

    • 8.1)

      , which were not statistically significant (t(165) = 1.8, p

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        .05). This finding is inconsistent with the literature

reviewed for this study, which indicated a greater level of homophobia among men compared to women (Finlay & Walther, 2003; Lewis, 2003; Battle & Lemelle, 2002; Ellis, et. al, 2002; Herek, 2002a, 2002b; Landen & Innala, 2002; Lim, 2002; Scalelli, 2002; Hoffmann & Bakken, 2001; Olivero & Murataya, 2001; Plugge-Foust & Strickland, 2001; Herek, 2000a, 2000b; Herek & Capitanio, 1999; LaMar & Kite, 1998; Smith & Gordon, 1998; Berkman &

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