Posted: April 10, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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Homophobia is more pronounced in people with unacknowledged attraction to the same sex, according to a new study. In addition, the series of psychology studies demonstrates that people who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires may be more prone to homophobia. The study is the first to document the role that both parenting and sexual orientation play in the formation of intense and visceral fear of homosexuals, including self-reported homophobic attitudes, discriminatory bias, implicit hostility towards gays, and endorsement of anti-gay policies. Conducted by a team from the University of Rochester, the University of Essex, England, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, the research will be published the April issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. “Individuals who identify as straight but in psychological tests show a strong attraction to the same sex may be threatened by gays and lesbians because homosexuals remind them of similar tendencies within themselves,” explains Netta Weinstein, a lecturer at the University of Essex and the study’s lead author. (via – Some anti-gay bias may be self-directed)


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